Alex’s Studio Shoot

This blog post will be about my portrait shoot of Alex for my Specialist Studio assignment.


Photographic equipment.


  • One Studio Flash with remote trigger


  • One soft box attachment

Background and Accessories

  • Studio Boom
  • Tripod

The third shoot was of my friend Alex who is a second year music student studying at the college. These images were solely for my portrait brief and for possible portfolio work. For this shoot I wanted to shoot portraits closer to the face instead of opting for full-length body shots.

I shot Alex, with a studio flash suspended in the air on a boom with a small soft-box attachment. I wanted to create simple lit portrait of Alex, and a portrait 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 Alex, I had to ensure his safety as Alex was sitting on a stool with flash with a soft-box attachment suspended in the air shining light directly onto him. This would have caused Alex to have limited vision and puts at risk of walking into something or tripping onto something causing harm to him.


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 RAW or RAW and JPEG.


This image of Alex was shot with a small soft box from above. I used camera raw to edit the image, I wanted to make the image warmer, giving it a warmer tone. I also increased the exposure. As the image was darker than expected.

I like this image of Alex it displays a level of trust with the photographer to show his fun side. The image shows the sitter very animated, and actively engaged by the camera in front of them. I think this image might have worked better if the background wasn’t black, maybe a light or dark grey? This would give the subject shape better definition it just blends into the background and feels flat.



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