Creative Studio Fashion Session with Jennifer
Studio fashion is very different from natural light photography, and I am wanting to do more of it. I love working with models in different locations and doing photo walks when the weather is nice. Fast forward to winter time, and the studio suddenly becomes a great place to shoot. This was the case when working with Jennifer in the studio for the first time.
Model Jennifer Hurtado
Jennifer is a local Dallas model who I have worked with once before. Our first shoot was a unique fairytale nature shoot in a beautiful park in Plano. I am new to working with multiple studio lights as of this blog post, so I wanted to do a test shoot with someone I knew would be great on camera. That was Jennifer.
The concept was studio fashion, and she made it look easy. As always, Jennifer takes direction well and was patient with me while I dialed all the lighting equipment to the right settings.
Equipment and Gear
For this shoot, I used 3 x 300watt strobes with different modifiers. One modifier was a 70inch parabolic umbrella with a front diffuser. The other2 lights used 2 14in x 55in strip softboxes with diffusion panels and eggshell grids. This made the light very soft and gave a soft glow from behind Jennifer.
My trusted Sony A7ii w/ Sony 85mm 1.4 GMaster was my main camera, and we used my Sony A7 for behind the scenes footage.
What I learned from this shoot
This shoot was a great learning experience because it let me experiment with light and shadows. I was in complete control of the lighting and I found I was shooting around f13 – f16 most of the shoot. This was a very different experience in compared to my other natural light TFP shoots. This lets me create a dark background and isolate the model in the image.
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