Photo Studio – Studio Andy Pena
Photo studio work is nearly the exact opposite from location shooting, especially for portraits. With location portrait shoots, the focus is easily on the person posing, but the surrounding elements also contribute to the final product. Also, the studio presents some more challenging lighting situations, as the photographer needs to create the light, rather than modify what the sun is providing. Because photo studio work alone can be intimidating, adding in people can often make things nerve racking. Here are some tips for shooting photo studio portraits.
Thinking Before Shooting
With your model in photo studio location, and you directly in front of them, you can only move forward and back. You cannot move to the left or right, and depending how wide your lighting is, neither can the model. Rather then take two steps to the left, you will have to ask the model to turn, and your models must obey you as what you want.
Watch The Clock
Not for time, but for direction to your model. It’s very easy to confuse and get confused if you ask them to turn right or left, but turning clockwise or counter clockwise is the same for you and the model, it useful.
There is and always will be arguments for zoom lenses in the studio, but if you can, stick with primes. They tend to be sharper and it’s one less setting you have to do. The standard lens most portrait shooters use will fall somewhere between about 80mm and 200 mm. If you shoot a cropped sensor camera, don’t forget to include this into your choice of lens.
Studio photo shooting camera settings are pretty simple and straight forward. Set your camera to manual mode, set the ISO to 100 (or 200 if you don’t have 100) and the shutter speed to 1/125. Because of the strobes, there will be virtually no difference shooting at 1/100, 1/125, 1/160 or even 1/200th of a second.
Studio Andy Pena
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