Test Shoot with Tainá Duarte (PRM Models)

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Another test shoot was arranged through PRM models, Brazilian model Tainá Duarte, briefed from PRM for some clean studio portraits; fashionable, current head and body shots came to my studio. On the day, having great weather we shoot some location images at the beach as well. Tainá is a very experienced model with already a really diverse portfolio.

The lighting setup for the first look (shown in the diagram below) . The main light was a Elinchrom D-lite 4it fitted with a 44cm white Elinchrom beauty dish, pulled back from the model this gives a really nice contrasty look and harder shadows. This probably wouldn’t be something I would recommend to a model with poor skin as it does accentuate imperfections. The 2nd Elicnhrom D-lite 2 is positioned under the main light with a standard portalite soft box, this was used to fill in the shadows and lower the contrast of the overall image.
The 3rd/4th lights were 2 Elinchrom D-lite 2‘s also with the standard Portalite softboxes attached. Pointed at the background on high power they were lighting the background just under 2 stops of light brighter than the main/key light.
Using a white V-flat reflector on models left fills in the shadows on the face opposite to the main/key light, also allowing the model to be more free with posing without running the risk of losing facial features in shadow when turned a certain way.


Shooting at the beach I used the Godox AD600 battery powered strobe with the built in HSS (High Speed Sync) mode. Along with a simple white reflector this helped even the light on the models face without overexposing the background. Using the sun as a natural backlight this gives a really pleasing halo around the model.



The Sony A7Rii paired with the Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8 is my go to camera setup for studio work. This gives ultra sharp images and also allows for easy cropping the image in post production.

In the studio shooting tethered to my MacBook using a Tether Tools USB cable. Using CaptureOne Pro 9 for Sony, I can easily review images as the shoot goes on.

Edited/retouched in post using Adobe Photoshop CC 2017

Instagram – @robjamiesonuk

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