Gabriella

Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 Portrait Photography

Gaby Downtown Austin Photography Meetup v1

Sony a7ii / Sony 55mm / f1.8 / ISO 320 / Shutter 1/4000

Downtown Austin with Gabriella

Getting a chance to attend a photography meetup has its perks. One of those perks is meeting new and beautiful models along with crazy talented photographers. Gaby was one such model I had a chance to meet and collaborate with onsite. Right off the bat, you could tell she was not shy and loved smiling the whole time. She came to the meetup with a great attitude and her confidence really shined during the shoot.

Gaby Downtown Austin Photography Meetup v1

Sony a7ii / Sony 55mm / f1.8 / ISO 320 / Shutter 1/1600

Shoot Details

Camera – Sony a7ii Mirrorless Camera
Lens – Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8
Location – Downtown Austin,TX
Lighting – Natural Light

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Gaby Downtown Austin Photography Meetup v3

Sony a7ii / Sony Zeiss 55mm / f1.8 / ISO 320 / Shutter 1/1600

Camera Gear Used

Sony a7ii / Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8

For this meetup, I chose to travel light. I had only my backpack with my essentials (snacks, water bottle, and charger) and carried around my Sony a7ii Mirrorless Camera with my Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 FE Lens. This combo is great for keeping the form factor very small and inconspicuous. I didn’t even have my battery grip on the camera during the shoot.

Gaby Downtown Austin Photography Meetup v4

Sony a7ii / Sony 55mm / f1.8 / ISO 320 / Shutter 1/4000

Gaby Downtown Austin Photography Meetup v5

Sony a7ii / Sony 55mm / f1.8 / ISO 320 / Shutter 1/1600

Post-production editing

Post-production editing turned into a small ordeal. I wanted to try many different styles with these photos since they offered a very ethereal feel. Especially the rooftop shots in the sunset. In the end, I experimented with a few different styles but opted to keep my branded style for my portfolio. I think it’s great to experiment with your style of photo editing. This allows you to grow as an artist and try new things.

Gaby Downtown Austin Photography Meetup v7

Sony a7ii / Sony 55mm / f1.8 / ISO 125 / Shutter 1/250

Gaby Downtown Austin Photography Meetup v8

Sony a7ii / Sony Zeiss 55mm / f1.8 / ISO 125 / Shutter 1/8000

Gaby Downtown Austin Photography Meetup v9

Sony a7ii / Sony 55mm / f2.5 / ISO 100 / Shutter 1/5000

What did I learn from this shoot

The one thing I had to remember was let the model show their own identity. Gaby rocked the shoot. She moved very naturally and very gracefully. Instead of my posing her and asking her to slow down, I set my camera to continuous auto-focus and I tried to keep up. This made the shoot have so much more of a lifestyle feel, and I am very happy with the result.

Gaby Downtown Austin Photography Meetup v10

Sony a7ii / Sony 55mm / f1.8 / ISO 125 / Shutter 1/500s

Gaby Downtown Austin Photography Meetup v11

Sony a7ii / Sony 55mm / f1.8 / ISO 320 / Shutter 1/800

What would I do differently

Time was a general factor along with the heat during this shoot. I would have loved to get more cityscape shots in the background. I only had one lens with me, but I wish I had a zoom handy or at least a wider angle lens. Maybe a 35mm or 30mm to get more of the beautiful backgrounds and buildings.

Gaby Downtown Austin Photography Meetup v12

Sony a7ii / Sony 55mm / f1.8 / ISO 100 / Shutter 1/3200

Gaby Downtown Austin Photography Meetup v13

Sony a7ii / Sony 55mm / f1.8 / ISO 100 / Shutter 1/2000

2018-09-18T16:37:33+00:00

About the Author:

My name is Jason, and I am a Sr. Creative Professional located in north Dallas, TX. I collaborate with creatives from all over the DFW and surrounding areas. This blog is dedicated to capturing some of these great model test shoots and collaborations, and I hope it helps you find inspiration for your own work.
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