Sony a7ii in the studio

I recently upgraded from the Sony a7 to the Sony a7ii. I don’t upgrade often, but I am really liking the new In-Body Stabilization and other small features that come with my new Sony a7ii camera body. Like many photographers, I started with natural light, and slowly transitioned into learning studio photography. Strobes and studio lighting have always intimidated me, but constant learning has made me more effective with my sessions.

Sony a7ii Studio Photography - Model Jolesa 3

The Studio and Concept

The TFP studio session was held at my home and the concept featured a fashion and beauty look. I am a member of a local TFP photography group in Dallas so I was able to find 2 beautiful models and MUA for this shoot.



Camera gear: Sony a7ii w/ Sony 85mm f/1.4 GMaster

The shoot was pretty simple in terms of equipment. I have been to studios where 4 or 5 lights were used and tons of modifiers in every corner. My shoot consisted of 3 x 300watt strobes with 2 13x60in strip softboxes and 1 large 70in parabolic umbrella with a diffusion panel. My studio ceilings are 10ft tall, and the room is about 14ft wide by 20ft long. It is a great space for holding small TFP shoots.

Base camera settings stayed around F/16, ISO 100, and 160sec shutter speed. I stopped down to F/16 so I could create a deep black shadow behind the models, and this really helped to separate them from the background. Check out the final portraits below, and I hope you enjoy!

Sony a7ii Studio Photography - Model Alice 2

What I learned from this TFP shoot

This shoot allowed me to concentrate on close-up beauty shots. I wish I could have been using a macro or 70-200 so I could zoom in closer to the models. I wanted to keep as much quality and pixel information as possible so I didn’t crop the images much in post-editing. My Sony a7ii did great for these shots, and I am very pleased with how it went.



Final Portraits

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