Photography Lesson: Less is More


A few days ago, I was able to work on something I don't do as much as I'd like to: Shooting a very simple and minimal test. In a photography world where it seems like everyone has fancy lights and expensive gear, it's so easy to fall into the trap of believing that you need them to create something good. As much as I love producing images with lighting, there is something about natural light that no kind of lighting equipment can amount to. Natural light is simple, effective, and best of all: free.

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Before every shoot, there are two main ideas to have in mind that tremendously help with figuring out the type of lighting you need: mood and purpose. 

For this shoot, I knew I wanted the images to be black and white. I also wanted the model to look effortlessly and naturally beautiful with very minimal makeup. The purpose of the shoot was to create agency standard portraits that the model and her agency could use for her book or comp cards. Utilizing window light was perfect for this session because natural light is soft, diffused, and flattering on the skin.

I absolutely love close up shots as the viewer can really focus on the model's expression and facial features. For these shots, I got up close and personal to highlight Hailey's bold brows and her beautifully defined cheekbones. 

 

 

 

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Below is a diagram of the simple setup I used to execute the shoot.
I used black v-flats as a background and also as a reflector to enhance shadows and contour her skin.

 
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EQUIPMENT USED:

Canon 5D Mk IV
Canon 70-200mm 2.8 ii
2 Black V-Flats

TEAM CREDITS:

PHOTOGRAPHY: DEBORAH LEE
MODEL: HAILEY Serrano @MAZZAMODELS
Make Up: Madison Parker