Studio Photography

Studio Photo Session

 

Photographing studio shoots is always an exciting time as to me it means “Controlled Environment”

Studio Photo Session, my experiences

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 and strobe lighting going off, and generally being the centre of attention.
I like to start of with some fun stuff to keep them interested like jumping in the air, it creates lots of smiles all round which is perfect for photography 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, as capturing them whilst in there natural state can produce some great results.

As this was a studio photo session we asked prior to the shoot if all members of the family would dress simple but colour code with each other, without any loud colours that would clash, whites are always popular,depending on the background scene, in this case we had a pure white backdrop.
I managed to shoot over one hundred images today in a two hour window which went very quickly as time fly’s when your having fun as they say. using the studio lighting provided by my local Studio, which produce a constant source of flash lighting using 4 types of light to capture everyone in the shot.

Setting up and general basics of studio lighting and camera settings.

Camera:

using manual mode using a variety of  f/stops depending on you subject if a single model then a wide open f/stop is good f/2.8 f/3.2 is a good place to start if shooting groups you will need to control your f/stop abit more as you want all parties concerned to be in focus, so using f/4-5-to 8 will work well.

Shutter speed being in a controlled lighting environment affords you the ability to drop your shutter speed if required as the strobe flash lighting will compensate in some way, but using  faster shutter speeds 1/125 or 1/200 sec is about right for me, however keep an eye of exposure as images may become to over exposed trying turning down the strobe power or increasing shutter speed.

Lighting positions:

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

2x lights in the front at approx 45′ angle to the subject these strobe lights would ideally have softboxes attached or silver reflective umbrellas. Softboxes are great to soften the light from either the strobe light or flash gun/ speedlight. example below

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The front left Softbox can be pointed just slightly in front of the subject to create a soft light running across them this can also be known as Fill light source, the right hand softbox is normally called the key light or main light, lighting the subject, an extra light can be added above the subject often called either a rim light or hair light to give soft rim lighting around the subject hair shoulders etc.

You can of course experiment with all four of the lighting set up as you please as 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 sending a signal to the strobe lights making them flash.

With short re-flash speeds that proves to be the professional choice for photographers as time is money as they say.

For my own set up I like to pose the subjects in different ways which sometimes means moving the lighting around a little but with my settings placed in the camera after a couple of test shots at the start you are good to go throughout the shoot, unless of course you want a different style of shooting or mood lighting.

here are some examples of my work so far:

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Conclusion:

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 I had never used 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.

good luck

 

thanks for reading

Simon

SimonEverettPhotographyKent.co.uk
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About Simon Everett

Simon Everett Photographer. I was Born in the midlands the Heart of England amongst the peace & tranquil surroundings of open fields and the sounds of the natural countryside, I moved to the southeast some years later and started and though still in the countryside of Kent I cannot be to far from nature, & the changing seasons Simon Everett Photography Kent – I offer professional Wedding, Events, Parties, & Commercial photography in Kent, as well as portrait and newborn photography across The whole of Kent area including Some London Boroughs. Wedding photography is my passion and my style is contemporary, modern, reportage, Dramatic, classic vintage and natural as well. We provide a mixture of styles to suit various tastes and we can adapt to your requirements www.simoneverettphotographykent.co.uk/