Studio Fashion Photography
Switching from natural light to studio fashion photography was a big change for me. The crazy Dallas weather was starting to get cold, and I wanted to switch to indoor sessions anyway.
I meet models onsite and love doing small photo walks. This allows me to catch some great lifestyle shots, along with constantly changing backgrounds and settings. Fast forward to the winter and studio sessions are in full swing. I met Jennifer through social media channels, and we finally had a chance to connect and collaborate. Jennifer’s personality was very quiet but very open to hearing ideas and posing suggestions.
Camera and gear
This studio fashion session utilized my new Sony a7ii with the Sony 85mm f1.4 GMaster Lens. The session was shot at f16, and the images were super sharp. I used 3 x 300watt strobed with different modifiers.
- Key Light – 300-watt strobe w/ 70-inch parabolic umbrella (White diffusion cover on front)
- 2 Kicker Lights – 300-watt strobes w/ 13×56 strip softboxes (white diffusion panels with front egg crate grids)
- Solid Black Background Paper roll
- Medium circular silver bounce panel – front left
What I learned from this shoot
When I positioned the model at the start of the shoot, I noticed she was too close to the background. I had to keep in mind the falloff from the large light source. I moved her about 6ft forward and this made the background disappear.
The goal was to black out the background and make the light really highlight Jennifer. The concept of the test shoot was fashion and style, and I really like the results. I brought the photos into Photoshop for post-processing, and the background only needed slight darkening. Shooting at f16 really limited the light from catching the background.
I hope you enjoyed this session. Consider checking out some other great gear from Sony.
Great Sony Full-Frame Cameras for Portrait Photography:
My Sony A7riii Mirrorless Camera – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7rii – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera (2nd Generation)
Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera – 3rd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
Sony a7ii Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – 2nd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7 Mirrorless Camera – Great full-frame starter camera for beginners
Sony Full-Frame Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)
Sony 85mm f1.4 G-Master – Best 85mm portrait lens
Batis 85mm f1.8 – Lightweight 85mm portrait lens
Sony 85mm f1.8 – Smallest 85mm portrait lens
Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 – Small, sharp, lightweight portrait lens (my favorite lens)
The Sony 50mm f1.8 – Cheap starter nifty fifty
The Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 – Great wide option for portraits and lifestyle images
Sony 24-70 G-Master f2.8 – Sharp and versatile zoom lens
Sony 24-105 G Lens f4.0 – One of the best zooms for Sony
Wide Angle 16-35mm F2.8 – G-Master wide angle lens
The Sony 70-200 G-Master Lens f2.8 – Long range telephoto zoom
Great Sony Starter Cameras for Portraits: (crop-sensor)
Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera – Amazing eye auto-focus detection
Sony a6300 Mirrorless Camera – Sony mirrorless camera (2nd generation)
The Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera – Great affordable interchangeable lens camera
Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – Amazing photography and video camera
Affordable Crop Sensor Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)
Sigma 30mm f1.4 – Great for blurry backgrounds
Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS – Made for crop sensors and shallow depth of field
Sigma 16mm f1.4 – Amazing lens for Vloggers and video
Sony 35mm f1.8 – Super walk around lens for travel