How we got the Shot: Bianca & Andreea studio portrait
Welcome to the 2nd ‘How we got the Shot’, a series going behind the scenes of our most recent and popular photographs. If you missed the first post you can check it out here.
This time we’re going to continue with studio portraits and look behind the scenes at an image from Bianca and Andreea’s first professional studio photo shoot on 21 December 2018. The girls were extremely nervous, but it didn’t take long for them to calm down and enjoy it!
Photographer Roxana Negutescu
Location The photo was taken in our studio, which has a medium grey wall we use a background (until we get an actually backdrop). Bianca was sitting on a chair around 5ft away from the wall while Andreea stood behind her.
Camera Nikon D610 Lens 50mm f/1.4G
Settings ISO 50 | f/7.1 | 1/125
Why that equipment and those settings That’s the same camera, lens and settings David used in the last ‘How we got the Shot’. Aren’t we consistent! The Nikon D610 with a 50mm f/1.4G is a great combination in our small studio for a 2 person shoot. I chose the 50mm f/1.4G because it’s tremendously sharp, has super fast and accurate AF, and is also really small and light. 2 people look great through the 50mm focal length. You can get close and fill the frame without too much distortion. I chose the Nikon D610 for its high resolution, high quality 24MP full frame sensor.
The camera was of course in Manual mode. For maximum quality, I chose the lowest ISO the camera could achieve, ISO 50. I chose 1/125 as the shutter speed in order to block out all ambient light in the studio, be comfortably under the camera’s flash sync speed and avoid motion blur. Finally, I chose an aperture of f/7.1 in order to get both girls in focus, and minimise vignetting.
Style The dresses were chosen by the girls. These were their second outfits, and I love the contrast between the red and blue. The reflective sparkles stand out really well too, and are a nice touch. I would definitely encourage sparkles in the future!
Pose I asked Bianca to sit down, then asked Andreea to “hug her like you love her”. This produced a great reaction from the girls. For framing and composition reasons, I asked Bianca to tilt her head slightly one way, while Andreea tilted her’s the other.
Lighting I lit the shot with a single Interfit EXD400 flash unit modified by a 120cm x 30cm strip softbox placed above the girls and angled 45 degrees down towards them. It was around 4 feet away, and slightly to her left (camera right). The softbox creates a really soft, even light, and is perfect for 2 people. Placing it above them creates slight shadows which are flattering to the face. David then provided a bit of fill using a 5 in 1 reflector placed camera left.
Editing Because we took time and care in the studio, very minimal editing was required. David, our retoucher, used frequency separation in Adobe Photoshop to retouch their skin, and that’s it.
We at Prime and the girls loved how her photos turned out. They immediately changed all of their social media profile pictures upon receiving their images; which is a fabulous sign.
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