This set represents the third nude photo shoot in my career as a nude photographer, which was done at my home studio in Prague. I did not have a lot of experience in regards to ideas or styling at the time. Due to a lack of self-confidence, I was not networking or schmoozing either.

Despite all of this, I did have the guts to approach Marketa and asked her to model for me with the hopes that shooting her would help build my portfolio. In the end though, the shoot did not benefit me how I had planned.

No Concept, Great Body

As I previously mentioned, during this period my concepts were quite weak and this photo shoot made that all too clear to me. There was no storytelling, no emotions, no seduction, however the lighting was not bad. Just a great face and body (I’m not complaining).

It is Ikea and Marketa and me – in this order.

Wanting to be different, I choose to plaster Marketa in make-up for this shoot, because most photographers were taking very natural, simple shots of her then.

The Good:

  • Lighting
  • Model (more than OK)

The Unpleasant:

  • Storytelling
  • Lack of posing & expressions

The Matter of Taste:

  • Make-up
Marketa Belonoha by Dan Hostettler - The Bookshelf Shot 2005 - DSC_0253
Marketa Belonohaby Dan Hostettler - The Bookshelf Shot 2005 - DSC_0264Marketa Belonoha by Dan Hostettler - The Bookshelf Shot 2005 - DSC_0267Marketa Belonoha by Dan Hostettler - The Bookshelf Shot 2005 - DSC_0261
Marketa Belonoha by Dan Hostettler - The Bookshelf Shot 2005 - DSC_0256Marketa Belonoha by Dan Hostettler - The Bookshelf Shot 2005 - DSC_0254Marketa Belonoha by Dan Hostettler - The Bookshelf Shot 2005 - DSC_0218
Marketa Belonoha by Dan Hostettler - The Bookshelf Shot 2005 - BTS Dan & Marketa - DSC_0278

Tech-Sheet: Lighting & Settings

  • 3x 400 Ws Monoblocs
  • Key light: as a key, I used a generic 60x80cm (24x31.5″) softbox from front left
  • Background light points directly to the model, shining through the Ikea shelf.
    Modifier: generic square softbox 80x100cm (31.5x40″)
  • Volume light: bouncing a head with a standard reflector towards the wall left behind the model
  • Camera: Nikon D2X
  • Lens: 28-85mm, @70mm
  • White Balance: 5100K
  • F-stop: 10
  • Shutter: 1/125
  • ISO: 160

Set-Analyses 3D

3D - Set and Photo Light Imulation - Marketa Belonoha Photos - 1

3D - Set and Photo Light Imulation - Marketa Belonoha Photos - 2

3D - Set and Photo Light Imulation - Marketa Belonoha Photos - 3

3D - Set and Photo Light Imulation - Marketa Belonoha Photos - 4

Lighting Diagram

Photo Lighting Setup - Marketa - Beginner's Luck - Nude Photo Lighting Diagram

Conclusion

This early shoot is not my best but it is a good showcase as an example of what is okay and what could have been improved upon.

Support for You

Start out with valuable knowledge right from the beginning. I’ve created some inspirational education guides for photography enthusiasts:

Content value?

[ratingwidget]