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.
- Model (more than OK)
- Lack of posing & expressions
The Matter of Taste:
Tech-Sheet: Lighting & Settings
- 3x 400 Ws Monoblocs
- Key light: as a key, I used a generic 60x80cm (24×31.5″) softbox from front left
- Background light points directly to the model, shining through the Ikea shelf.
Modifier: generic square softbox 80x100cm (31.5×40″)
- 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
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.
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