Julyana Soares Photoshoot Sept 2018 (BTS)

Brazilian fashion and commercial model Julyana Soares came to my studio with the brief from PRM Models London for some updated commercial pictures for her portfolio, with a raw, fashion edge/feel.

I wanted to keep these images as natural looking as possible, but with a little bit of edge to them.

Natural light with a diffuser helped soften/diffuse the harsh sunlight on the day, coming from camera right (models left). This allowed the light to be diffused yet still accentuate the models features and definition.

 

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I used the Sony A7Rii paired with the Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 , this gives ultra sharp images even at large apertures. Also allowing me to crop in for tighter pictures if need be.

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.

 

 

More images from this shoot can be seen on my instagram; @robjamiesonportraits

Edited/retouched in post using Adobe Photoshop CC 2017

Rob
www.robjamiesonphotography.co.uk
Instagram – @robjamiesonportraits

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Test Shoot with Annabel Lewis (Lenis Models)

I organised a test shoot with Annabel Lewis from Lenis Models London. I was looking to update my portfolio with some raw looking images, with a fashion feel.

I wanted to try and get images with a slightly less of a standard studio feel.

I originally thought I would shoot these images to be black and white, but when processing the files in Photoshop I found colour version to work better.
The background stood out a bit too much when processed in black and white, even using a wide aperture of f2.2 to try and blur the background more.

I used the Godox system, of  the Godox AD600 battery powered strobe as the main light (beauty dish) and 2 Godox V860 II-S, this allowed me to use High Speed Sync (HSS), a faster shutter speed and wider aperture.

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Using simple outfits and a combination of the lighting above I was very pleased with the outcome (shown below).

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The Sony A7Rii paired with the Sony 55mm f1.8. This gives ultra sharp images and gives me more flexibility to go from full length and closer up without getting any distortion.

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

Rob
www.robjamiesonphotography.co.uk
Instagram – @robjamiesonuk

Test Shoot with Paige Amber (PRM Models)

Having recently signed Paige Amber to their agency PRM models requested me to shoot a test shoot with her. Looking for studio portraits; fashionable, current head and body shots.

I wanted to try a simple lighting for a head/shoulders shot, thinking black and white would suit perfectly.
Using only one light (Elinchrom BRX500) and a Westcott 45″ shoot-through umbrella directly pointed at Paige this gave a soft yet punchy light to the face.

Being tethered to my MacBook using the TetherTools tether cable is a great help in the studio. After reviewing the pictures through CaptureOne 9 (for Sony) I didn’t think the shadows on the face were strong enough, so I added 2 black v-flats to, 1 each side of the model. This increased the contrast to the skin tones which I really liked.

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I deliberately underexposed the images by 0.5 stop. This produced a darker skin tone and made the glossy makeup of Paige’s stand out really well.

Final images edited/retouched in post using Adobe Photoshop CC 2018

 

Beach Test Shoot with Harriet Finley Martin (Nemesis Models)

With all the great summer weather we have been having lately, I have been eager to shoot outside as much as possible. 

Harriet Finley Martin from Nemesis Models got in touch about doing a location test shoot. Harriet is a experienced model with already a great portfolio, but in need of some more outdoors/location images.

I had the idea of shooting at a local beach (West Witterings, Chichester), this offers great sand dunes and calm water for potential locations. 

To try and give the pictures a little more edge and drama we decided to shoot right at sunset, using the great colours of the light at that time, but also not much time to shoot. (Approx 9.15pm sunset).

Trying to keep my kit as simple as possible I used my Sony A7Rii camera with a Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8 lens. A great combination for sharp, contrasty images, that really isolate the subject in the scene, also giving great colours. 

As the light at that time is very flattering I only needed simple lighting modifiers to give a little punch/pop to the pictures. 

Using the setting sun as the main/key source of light, I positioned the sun over the models left shoulder. x1 California Sunbounce reflector on the models right (camera left) to reflect the warm sunlight back into the shadow side. To help warm the light even more I used the gold side of the reflector. 


Edited/retouched in post using Adobe Photoshop CC 2017.
Rob
http://www.robjamiesonphotography.co.uk

Instagram – @robjamiesonuk

Sony A7Rii Hot Shoe issues.

Ever since purchasing my Sony a7Rii camera I have used it 75% of the time in a studio environment with studio lighting, with fantastic results, wonderfully sharp and detailed images (examples here).

I use Elinchrom lighting in my studio and the Elinchrom Skyport triggering system to trigger the strobes. The Elinchrom Skyport trigger uses a standard hot shoe mount with a single pin connection, designed to universally work with most camera brand hotshoes.

The Sony a7Rii uses the ‘Sony Multi Interface (MI)’ as a hot shoe connection. At first I wasn’t too sure that the Sony Multi Interface hot shoe mount would accept or work triggering my Elinchrom strobes with the Elinchrom Skyport trigger. To my delight it worked first time with no issues.

Over time of using the pairing I’ve found quite often get misfires/none firing with the Elinchrom Skyport on the Sony A7Rii. Starting at around 1 in every 20 triggers, then progressing to around 1 in every 10 triggers. At first I thought it was an issue with low AA batteries in the Elinchrom Skyport trigger, so changed them to a fresh set. This didn’t remedy the problem.

While shooting one day I accidentally knocked the Skyport trigger unit on my camera, when picking it up to shoot after a break (up to that point the trigger had been working fine with no mis/none fires). After the knock the trigger would not fire the stobes at all.

I then realised that it must be a connection problem between the camera and the Skyport trigger causing the mis/none fires. I noticed when sliding the Skyport trigger into the Sony Multi Interface hot shoe it slides quite far forward into the mount, resulting in the single connection pin in the centre of the hot shoe not properly lining up.

Not wanting to have to accurately slide the trigger everytime, I looked for a solution. I found a hotshoe adaptor made my PixelKing (Pixel King TF-334) on Amazon.co.uk which adapts the Sony Multi Interface hot shoe into a standard hot shoe mount. At around £10 it was worth a try.


After arriving I tested the hotshoe adaptor using the Elinchrom Skyport and Sony A7rII and it works flawlessly. I have now used the for my last 7-10 portrait photoshoots and not had any misfires or non firing stobes at all. It is very well built, small and lightweight and ensures a correct reliable connection between the Sony A7Rii and the Elinchrom Skyport. It only makes the trigger sit slightly higher from the camera body. I leave it permenttly attached to my Elinchrom Skyport in my camera bag.

I hope this information helps any other Sony users.

Thanks for reading. (Images from related items sourced from Amazon.co.uk)

Rob.

http://www.robjamiesonphotography.co.uk

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.

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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.

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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

Rob
www.robjamiesonphotography.co.uk
Instagram – @robjamiesonuk

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Test Shoot with Julyana Soares (PRM Models)

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PRM models got in touch with me to do test shoots with some of the models they have on their books that need some new/fresh images in their current portfolios.

Brazilian model Julyana Soares came to my studio with the brief from PRM for some simple studio portraits; fashionable, current head and body shots.

Julyana has a very strong/alluring look, I wanted the lighting as simple as possible, but with plenty of shadows to give the images a captivating/eye-catching vibe.

Using 3 Elinchrom D-lites (shown in the diagram below). The main light was a Elinchrom D-lite 4it fitted with a medium soft box, used as close as possible to the model, this is a great soft yet punchy light that I find really gives nice skin tone to models. The 2nd and 3rd lights were 2 Elinchrom D-lite 2 with a standard Portalite softboxes attached. Pointed at the background on low power they were to give the background a soft black/grey look instead on jet black (to avoid losing the model into the dark background).
I used white v-flat reflector on camera right to lower the contrast in the shadows on the model.

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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.

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

Rob
www.robjamiesonphotography.co.uk
Instagram – @robjamiesonuk

Portfolio Shoot with Model Jade Lewis

My first shoot of 2017, I was doing a portfolio update for fashion model Jade Lewis from J’adore Models Manchester. The idea was for simple studio portraits that can show off Jade’s new hair cut/style.

This was the first time I had worked with Rachael Yearley (Website) as my assistant in my studio. Makeup/hair was complete, we sorted through some outfits for Jade to wear.

I wanted to keep the lighting as simple as possible. Using 2 Elinchrom D-lites (shown in the diagram below). The main light was a Elinchrom D-lite 4it fitted with a strip box, used as close as possible to the model, this is a great soft yet punchy light that I find really gives nice skin tone to models. The 2nd/fill light was a Elinchrom D-lite 2 with a standard Portalite soft box attached. I used this is lower the contrast in the shadows.

I was using a grey hand painted Calumet muslin backdrop for the first time, which I thought gave a really nice fashionable feel to the overall look.

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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.

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I shoot 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.


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Edited/retouched in post using Adobe Photoshop CC 2017

Rob
www.robjamiesonphotography.co.uk
Instagram – @robjamiesonuk