Sam’s Studio Shoot

This blog is going to be long post but it is the whole process of Sam’s shoot for my Specialist Studio.

Sams SU

Photographic equipment.


  • Three Studio Flashes with remote triggers


  • Two beauty dish attachment
  • One soft-box attachment

Background and Accessories

  • Studio Boom
  • Tripod

I shot Sam, with a studio flash suspended in the air on a boom with a small soft-box attachment, and a two studio flashes with beauty dish attachments. I then had two pieces of black card, to prevent the glare of the light coming from the I wanted to create a portrait of Sam, that would make give him a daunting character and that would be mid body shot or just a portrait of the face. I had the white backdrop for the background but as we were only lighting the model with a studio flash looking down on the model; the backdrop would appear a dark grey, as only a slight amount of light would travel back to the camera. If I had used the black backdrop the models body and hair would have become flat as it becomes hard to separate the model from the background.

When shooting Sam, I had to ensure his safety as Sam was standing on the floor with flash with a soft-box attachment suspended in the air shining light directly onto him. This would have caused Sam to have limited vision and puts at risk of walking into something or tripping onto something causing harm to him.

SSU.pngSSU 2

These two images are of the studio set up.

I shot with my Sony Alpha A7 with a Canon mount adapter and an 85mm Prime lens. I shot at 1/125th to make sure it would sync with the studio flashes correctly. I used an aperture f/5.6 and my ISO sensitivity was 100. I then also made sure to shoot in either RAW or RAW and JPEG.


This image of Sam was shot with a small soft box from above and two studio flashes with beauty dishes. I used camera raw to edit the image, I wanted to make the image slightly darker to appear make Sam’s faced more pronounced. I have gone for a colder tone for this image.

I like this image of Sam, as it was a mistake, because I hadn’t checked to see how much glare would show in the image. I think this style of image suits the sitter very well it makes him daunting.


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