Coralyne is a french dancer I discovered while she was doing a recital in Paris, France. She was so brilliant I decided to invite her for a photo shoot.
It was her first session as a model, and despite the fact she was not used to theses long photo shoot she did a pretty good job.
It took me some time to make her confortable, she was really anxious for the first hour and then she relaxed after I displayed some of the pictures I took from her.
It’s always a good idea to show the model some of the early pictures from the session, with some basic editing, this way she can see what’s going on and help her to make some corrections. Im using a Lightroom preset for every step of my workflow (it saves me a ton of time) including during the import sequence.
I have one import preset for my studio work, I only have to change the metadata and keywords on a session to session basis.
This preset includes settings for the Camera profile, Auto tonality, WB, Sharpness etc.
It allows me to show the model, my Assistant or Artistic Director a quick view on the pictures just taken. On my Pentax System it’s not possible to do any tethering shoot, I have to manually unload my SD Cards every time there is a pause in the session, Tethering is one of my most wanted features from Pentax.
For this session I’ve been using a PENTAX K-3 with either the PENTAX DA 35mm f/2,4 “Plastic Wonder” or the PENTAX DA* 50-135mm f/2,8.
The latter being an amazing lens for portrait. On my K-3 I’ve made a User Menu especially for Studio shoots, basics are 1/180 Flash Sync, Dual writing on SD-Cards, Center Average Metering and AF-S AF System. Most of the pictures are f/6,3 up to f/11
Lighting was done with a set of 2 LASTOLITE Lumen F400 Strobes, my regular light set for this kind of session. One is equipped with a soft box, the other with an umbrella.
I also use a set of cheap remote controllers for the Strobes, APUTURE Trigmaster Plus. They’ve been working pretty well for the last 2 years.