When we prepare for a shoot, there are countless discussions and meetings with our client before the actual shoot. We will first understand the objective(s) of our client’s needs before we get too technical on the equipment. After a few creative discussions, we will get a few reference images to show our client to make sure the final outputs are what they are looking for.
We will be using our studio portraiture session for this example, as we are handling portraiture projects frequently. Below are a few key areas we look out for in most of the portrait sessions.
This means connecting the camera to the computer directly. What this does is to provide a better definition of the photos taken and allows the photographer to check on the focus critically on the monitor screen. It enables the photographer to correct any issues of the settings on the spot quicker compared to a small screen on the back of the camera. Another good thing about getting tethered is we allow our model to see the images of them taken and correct their poses easily.
Let’s not talk about brands but rather what gets the job done correctly and effectively. In most cases, we are using a full frame camera body paired with 24 – 70mm because the image it can produced allows our client to print 24 x 36” with no issues and the flexible focal length gives our photographer to take a tight headshot to a full body image. Studio lightings are pretty standard in the industry and it can vary from a single light to a dozens of lights settings. Ultimately, it depends of the type of project we are handling. For portraiture, we use mostly 3 monolights (one key light, one rim light and the other for background). For fill light, we usually use a 5 in 1 reflector to fill the shadow if necessary. What it does is to fill in some lights the shadow for our subject and gives it a more 3 dimensional look to the image. Note that studio setup can vary from session to session depending on client's requirements.
We offer optional makeup artist for our portrait shoot to give the image a professional touch by enhancing our model’s facial complexion. A professionally trained makeup artist understand different types of facial structures and know how to draw attention away from the flaw but focus on the positive features. Our DI artist will improve the image further by correcting the exposure, removal of fine blemishes, color toning, facial and body contouring before the final images are handed to our client.
There are also other factors involved in a portrait session and we will discuss it in details next time.
If you have any enquiries on personal portrait, please do not hesitate to contact us.