Fashion photography is something that has sparked my interest in the last few months. This set with Sara is my first attempt at working in the style.
In other styles, there’s much more breathing room when it comes to posing and light control. Fashion photography seems to rely on much tighter control, and as a result, it’s less forgiving of error. Instead, there’s a greater emphasis on the quality of light.
Shooting these pictures, I felt like I was trying to strike a balance between a soft, high-key light over the majority of Sara’s face with a smooth yet contrasty falloff to highlight her features. It’s probably a lot different working with larger light modifiers (190cm octabank, anyone?), but my (relatively) small softboxes proved to have very different qualities from inch to inch. I’m beginning to see the limitations of the modifiers I currently have. Too bad my paycheques don’t keep up with my progress.
I’m pleased with the results and will definitely work more in this style. I’ll be picking up a beauty dish soon, a staple light modifier in fashion photography.
Both photos used the same 3 light set up. Background fill was provided by a speedlite resting on the ground at 1/1 with magenta gel over top. Key light was a 66cm softbox from camera right at about 45 degrees up. Second light was to camera left, on level with Sara’s hands/neck to provide some extra fill on her body/side of her face.
- ISO 100
- 1/160 (god I wish my 6d had a 1/250 sync speed)
Shot on an 85mm f/1.8.