Studio Photo Session
Photographing studio shoots is always an exciting time as to me it means “Controlled Environment”
Studio Photo Session my experience.
A Situation where you control the exact lighting for the images that the client requires.
I photographed a family of Children for their parents, at a Local Studio. Which always make for an interesting time as the children are excited at being at a photo studio. With all the lighting and large backdrop area’s with flashes & strobe lighting going off, and generally being the centre of attention.
I like to start off with some fun stuff to keep them interested like jumping in the air. It creates lots of smiles all round which is perfect for photographing as it captures the true personality of each child.
After the jumping shots it was time to match up brothers & sisters or just sisters or just brothers. With a variety of poses from laughter to some serious looks, even some candid situations to, whilst they least expect it.
Capturing them whilst in their natural state can produce some great results.
As this was a studio photo session I asked prior to the shoot if all members of the family would dress simple but colour code. Without any loud colours that would clash, whites are always popular,depending on the background. In this case we had a pure white backdrop with the option for black.
I managed to shoot over one hundred images today in a two-hour window which went very quickly. Using the studio lighting provided by my local Studio, which produce a constant source of flash lighting. Using 4 types of lights to capture everyone in the shot.
Setting up and general basics of studio lighting and camera settings.
Using manual mode I find that f/10 and 1/160 sec work well and cancels any ambient light in the room.
Using a four light set up 2x strobe lights for the background “white backdrop” lights shining on the backdrop itself. To produce a pure white background make sure the back lighting is at least a stop or stop half brighter than you front lights.
The front left Soft box can be pointed just slightly in front of the subject to create a soft light. This can also be known as Fill light source or key light. Rim lighting using an extra light or reflector can also be added to disperse unwanted shadows.
You can of course experiment with all four of the lights as you please. This sometimes gives you a better understanding of how the light effects your subject.
Once you have the lighting how you want it, it’s time to shoot. Most modern lighting today is wireless controlled with a radio trigger mounted on the camera.
In this case I was using Bowens strobes With short re-flash speeds. This proves to be the professional choice for photographers.
For my own set up I like to pose the subjects in different ways which sometimes means moving lighting. But with my settings placed in the camera after a couple of test shots at the start you are good to go.
here are some examples of my work so far:
Furthermore get a feel for the studio lighting before committing to a serious paying shoot, ask your local studio or if you can set up a small home studio to try out some test images with a friend, make a note of the settings that work best for you and your equipment, then try booking someone in for a studio photo session.
It is very good experience I remember my first time using a studio before however I had read up on the subject and watched many videos on the subject, before I finally decided to go ahead and book a studio shoot of two hours that goes very quickly, i might add it was so much fun and i got some great first time results, never underestimate your abilities
as if you don’t jump in and try for yourself you may never known.
thanks for reading