Biden and Harris photographed with Sony A9 II; the first presidential portraits shot on a mirrorless camera

Apr 12, 2021

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Biden and Harris photographed with Sony A9 II; the first presidential portraits shot on a mirrorless camera

Apr 12, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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The White House has released the official portraits of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. An interesting thing is that they were taken on a Sony A9 II, unlike portraits of two former presidents that were shot on Canon cameras. Also, these are the first Presidential portraits to be shot on a mirrorless camera.

Adam Schultz is the Chief Official White House Photographer and the man behind the portraits of Biden and Harris. He paired the Sony A9 II with the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 G Master, and judging from the catchlights, there were also two diffused flashes for the lighting.

Portraits of both former photographers were taken on cameras from the Canon EOS 5D series. Pete Souza photographed Barack Obama on a Canon 5D Mark II. Donald Trump’s official portrait was taken on an even older Canon 1Ds Mark III. By using the Sony A9 II, Schultz was the first photographer to use a Sony camera for Presidential portraits. And as I mentioned, this was also the first time that a mirrorless camera was used, too.

Speaking with DPReview, Schultz revealed that he uses three Sony a9 II bodies and four lenses: Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM, the FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS as a backup (in most cases), the FE 85mm F1.4 GM he used for the Presidential portraits, and the FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS.

[via Digital Trends; image credits: The White House]

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30 responses to “Biden and Harris photographed with Sony A9 II; the first presidential portraits shot on a mirrorless camera”

  1. Guido Van Damme Avatar
    Guido Van Damme

    So what? A camera is a camera… Every contemporary camera is capable of photographing politicians…

    1. David Reiling Avatar
      David Reiling

      Guido Van Damme didn’t see the part where they mention this being the first presidential portraits on a mirrorless camera? that’s the “so what”. yes, you can take portraits on every contemporary camera, but this is the first time for portraits with a mirrorless, hence “first presidential portraits shot on a mirrorless camera”. hope this helps.

    2. Guido Van Damme Avatar
      Guido Van Damme

      Still, so what?

    3. Viggo Næss Avatar
      Viggo Næss
    4. Vilim J. Peterman Hlušička Avatar
      Vilim J. Peterman Hlušička

      Guido Van Damme What camera do you use?

    5. Guido Van Damme Avatar
      Guido Van Damme

      Vilim J. Peterman Hlušička Does it matter?

  2. Bryan Kurz Avatar
    Bryan Kurz

    I knew it. I can totally tell the difference.

  3. Vernon Jacobs Avatar
    Vernon Jacobs

    Groundbreaking!?

  4. Andrzej Figlewicz Avatar
    Andrzej Figlewicz

    Double catchlights. ?

  5. Jerry Fictum Avatar
    Jerry Fictum

    But if I read the article, Biden sniffing harris’s hair

    1. Larry Sawdo Avatar
      Larry Sawdo

      Jerry Fictum Give it a rest already!

    2. Jerry Fictum Avatar
      Jerry Fictum

      Larry Sawdo

  6. Kevin Lane Avatar
    Kevin Lane

    I am selling all my Sony stuff.

  7. Jeff Whitford Avatar
    Jeff Whitford

    They had to shoot them on mirrorless cameras because otherwise the image wouldn’t show up in the viewfinder ,as vampires don’t show up in a mirror? ?

  8. Kevin Link Avatar
    Kevin Link

    And it looks like it.

  9. Kim Nethery Avatar
    Kim Nethery

    Waiting for the day “presidential portraits shot in selfie mode on the latest Apple iphone”

  10. Hans Dampf Avatar
    Hans Dampf

    They have green faces!
    And the flag’s red looks like venous blood.

  11. Boban Freeman Avatar
    Boban Freeman

    Actually: not first. Pete Souza photographed Obama with Sony gear often

  12. Martin Gillette Avatar
    Martin Gillette

    They would brake the mirror so this is probably a good thing.

    1. Henry Hiah Avatar
      Henry Hiah

      Martin Gillette break*

    2. Martin Gillette Avatar
      Martin Gillette

      Henry Hiah right.

    3. Henry Hiah Avatar
      Henry Hiah

      Martin Gillette no prob

    4. William James Avatar
      William James

      Spelling counts.

  13. Brad Darvill Avatar
    Brad Darvill

    The last presidential portrait was a horror show, this time they have gone the complete opposite, bland AF. It does not matter what camera you have if you don’t know how to light. I give this a score of 2 passport photos out of 10.

  14. Russell Theilman Avatar
    Russell Theilman

    Looks like The Sniffer was in the middle of a wink?

  15. Michael Stevens Avatar
    Michael Stevens

    Slow news day at DIY Photography…

  16. Johnny Martyr Avatar
    Johnny Martyr

    Wake me up when they shoot with a vintage Leica ?

  17. Mike Shwarts Avatar
    Mike Shwarts

    Pathetic. This a photography site and instead of talking about the article, some of y’all lower yourselves to petty politics.

    On topic, I don’t see it as news worthy that a Sony was used. Let’s have an article on what makes a good presidential portrait. Heck just a good portrait.

  18. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    I’m glad you clicked on this article, we have been trying to reach you to discuss your vehicles extended warrantee.

  19. tread Avatar
    tread

    Republicans are so good at comments when they are butt hurt. /s

    Thank goodness it’s just a boring bureaucratic head and shoulders shot and no one’s bronzer is dripping on the carpet.