In today's photoshoot behind the scenes video I am working with Jay, we shoot some street photos then move over to the beach where I work with harsh direct sunlight!
Model: Jay @jaymunro26
Video: Dan @ I Make Films
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VLOG CAMERA SETUP //
Sony a7s + Sigma 24mm f1.4
PHOTOGRAPHY CAMERA SETUP //
Sigma 24mm f1.4
Canon 35mm f1.4
Canon 50mm f1.2
Canon 85mm f1.2
Canon 135mm f2
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This shoot is inspiring me to shoot male models again. When you’re shooting st the beach do you have a lens cover / filter for protection? I cannot shoot at the beach without getting extremely hazy photos and I’m wondering if the filter is the cause of that.
Male model photoshoots are so much fun! I want to do more of them :) And yes, I always use a UV filter regardless of where I am shooting. At the beach specifically, it's great because if there is a lot of mist around, I can easily wipe my lens down in between photos without fear of scratching the actual lens!
I just bought a canon 800d and 85 mm lens. I want to work on portrait photography. Could you suggest about the deal between photographer and model? I'm not working for agency btw, I'm still practicing.
Thank you! I am focusing, then recomposing the shot as my focus point sometimes doesn't reach my model's face. I have a whole video about this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1eVrLjdCzA&t just in case you're interested in watching! :)
Thanks for the amazing videoes! You have changed the way i photograph portraits, i was always a long prime lens photogpher, but now im not scared to pull out my 35 mm 🤗 - thank you for all the tips and im really enjoying your videos
Why did you shoot the photo at 0:46 with f1,4? Should not be better to close the aperture and reduce shutter speed? I mean, the background is too close to the subject if you look for bokeh. Thanks
Hey! I normally always shoot between 1.2 - 2 as it fits in with the style of photos I am after. In this instance though, shooting at 1.2 actually softens the harsh sunlight just a little bit, so I prefer to have a faster shutter and a wide aperture :)
I think that comes with time, lots of practice and getting used to working with models and how they move! As you mentioned there are so many things you are paying attention to when taking a photo of someone - lighting, composition, facial expression, body movement, what's happening in the background, etc. When I first started photography, I would only pay attention to a couple of these things. As I spent more and more time photographing, those first couple of things I paid attention to would now become second nature to capture (composition and lighting) and now I mostly just pay attention to what the model is doing, especially their facial expression. Hope that explains it - practice is key! :)
I mostly shoot the same way - I don't really have different camera positions wether its a male or female model. The things that do change for me when I'm shooting male/female is lighting (for this shoot in particular I loved shooting with the harsh sunlight as it was flattering for his body) and locations I choose to shoot in!
Hey Julia! as usual, amazing stuff!! I have a couple of questions/suggestions:
- I was wondering why haven't you upgraded to the Canon 5D Mark IV or 1DX Mark II yet? I am in the process of buying my first full frame camera and L lens, and as for the lens I have decided to go with the 35mm F/1.4 II. However, when it comes to the camera body, I really want to justify buying the 5D Mark IV, but after looking at your shots, I feel the MK III supports well. What do you suggest here?
- This is a video suggestion/challenge. Have you tried doing a photoshoot with a Nikon body, say like the D750? It'll be interesting to see how the Nikon bodies/lenses handle your style of photography!
As always, you rock!! Cheers!!
Thank you so much! And thank you for your suggestions :D For me, there isn't enough of a difference between the mkiii and mkiv to upgrade to it at the moment. I will wait for the next 5D to upgrade! And the 1DX is too big for the type of work that I like to do, so I most likely won't upgrade to that either. I'm happy with my mkiii's for the moment, they work perfectly for me and I am able to do everything I want without limitation :)
As for your video suggestions - YES! I would looove to make some videos with different camera bodies and lenses. I am actually going to do a photoshoot on the Sony A7s mkii soon, so we shall see how that goes! Then I'm going to look into other bodies and lenses I can work with/test out.
Thank you again for your wonderful comment and feedback!
I love the colors in the shots so much!! What time was the shoot? I always find it hard to shoot not around the sunset or if it's not cloudy. The model is really good too! also, what lenses did you use for this shoot? The shots on the beach where he's sitting, is that the 24mm?
Thank you so much! I used the Canon 35mm 1.4 throughout the entire shoot, so sitting shots were also on the 35. And we were shooting from 4pm-5pm. Sunset in Australia during the summer is around 7.30-8, so the sun was still quite high up while we were taking photos :)
I normally get in contact with modeling agencies from the town/city I am in to book models that way. Sometimes I also find models on Instagram and get in contact with them to see if they want to plan a shoot!
Yep I do slightly underexpose in order to have the maximum dynamic range possible in the portrait and background with my camera body. I touched on this subject in this behind the scenes video: https://youtu.be/zMbjqYldvQs and I also have a Lightroom tutorial where you can see what one of my bright sunlight photos looks like straight out of the camera and how I edit it: https://youtu.be/3lRSNXm7DuQ Hope that helps!
I was wondering if shooting at 1.4 can sometimes be too shallow? For example, the eyes may be in focus but the the nose or ears are blurred. That happens to me sometimes. Maybe I'm standing too close to the subject?
It all depends on what you're after and what your preference is. So for me, I like to shoot my personal work at the lowest aperture possible because I love the shallow depth of field look. If the eyes are in focus, then for me the whole picture comes together and it doesn't really matter if the ears are sharp, etc as long as the eyes are! On the other hand, if I'm shooting client work (such as fashion) I bring my aperture up to f2-2.8 since it's important to get the model's face in focus but also the clothes!
John Almonte one of her latest videos was about how she keeps focus at 1.4 because she always shoots as wide open as possible. And on the 35, even though it is wide open, the depth of focus isn’t as razor this as like a 50-85mm
Thanks for telling us your settings for when you shoot in harsh light.
I did a few shoots in harsh light but still don't know how to edit them softer! I would love an editing tutorial about that:)
Or can you give any tips in the comments?
Thank you! I'm working on making a detailed tutorial about how to shoot in harsh sunlight really soon :D The soft look actually comes from shooting at a wide aperture of 1.4 like I did throughout this shoot, even with harsh direct sunlight the shallow depth of field softens the light a little bit. I am able to do this because the canon 5dmkiii goes up to shutter 1/8000 - if your camera only goes to 1/4000 you could take a look into ND filters to be able to test out shooting at a wide open aperture in bright lighting conditions! Just a little tip for now while I work on the video :D Hope that helps!
Flipping heck, the wide f1.4 aperture gives incredibly fast shutter speeds! You also have a bit more light in Australia than we do in the U.K. It’s really good to see someone shooting a male in natural light. Brilliant video, I really like how you use hard light as a feature, I know I mentioned scrims the other day but I also notice you don’t seem to use a polariser. I mainly shoot landscape, wildlife and macro outdoors, besides for the wildlife a polariser is almost obligatory for the other two genres. Yet you are getting amazing results with just a phenomenal lens. I have no intention of ever shooting bipeds, but that doesn’t mean I can’t learn from someone as good as yourself about working light. There are some great young portrait photographers on YouTube, the vast majority of which are ladies. That has to be a good thing for photography.
It sure does! The sunlight is so bright in Australia that I often shoot at 1/8000 to be able to work with a shallow depth of field, even when I'm shooting backlit sometimes! Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate your insights :) In regards to the replies to your comments, I do tend to shoot a little underexposed when I'm in harsh sunlight to be able to retain as much information in the background and subject as possible to tweak in post (Lightroom). The background Photoshop I was referring to was getting rid of all the people in the background haha it was a really hot day so everyone was at the beach and there was no way of avoiding them! And yep, ND filters for when I have to go over 2.8 as that would start to change the style of photos I am after. Though, it is hardly ever bright enough (even in Australia!) to need to resort to that for a portrait shoot :D
WuschelofDespair I realised again the need for a tripod and I don’t think bracketing in a camera would be a good idea either for anything that moves. But maybe layers in Photoshop. It very much depends what you want to shoot how you upgrade, I use a 5DII for landscape, a 5DIII in the studio and a 7DII for wildlife and for landscape and wildlife they are good cameras mainly because of the superb colour palette and the weight to balance big lenses. It’s very much give and take and a matter of preference between Canon and Nikon. There’s a lot of tribalism with both makes, but if you look at the top pros they fall into both camps. If you are shooting portraits look to Sony full frame and an adapter for your canon lenses. You can swap and change batteries, as you’ll probably have somewhere to charge them, the electric viewfinder isn’t a problem and you have great dynamic and colour range. Once I feel I can safely drop them ten feet onto a rock and they are heavy enough for a gimbal head I think I’ll go mirrorless. But at the moment I want an Olympus OM digital, I have one of the original OMs and I'd love to try Zuiko glass on a modern camera.
Mark Harris you do landscape photography , I was sure you realised that 😊 yeah she really is very talented. Graduated filter with so much movement could be difficult und bracketing without a tripod as well. I really wanna upgrade to something with a great dynamic range but I don’t I already got everything out of my 60D
WuschelofDespair I realised the sky would be over exposed without some way of holding it back, either polariser, ND grad, or bracketing. But a full ND would reduce the shutter speed significantly. As I was writing this I heard her say she’d have to photoshop the background, and she says unless she want to go over f2 or f2.8 she wouldn’t use a ND filter. I noticed there is very little sky in the shots and where it is it’s quite bright compared to the blue on the video camera, but not over exposed in any way. You have to admit, she is a very talented photographer.
Oh, my favourite youtuber uploaded a video! :)
I find it very helpful - most of photographers shoot female models and it's hard to find good inspiration for shooting boys ^^ Lovely model, lovely place, lovely pictures, as always :D
Thanks! For this shoot in particular, I really wanted to capture more "raw" looking photos that includes as much of the background as possible. I find that the 50 & 85mm tends to make photos look too "pretty" sometimes (even with a higher aperture), so I decided not to use them on this day!
Thank you! Most days I'm shooting for clients, but I don't like to film/create behind the scenes from those as I don't want to take away time from my client. So most of the videos I post are just from test shoots with the model :)
Julia Trotti yeah that makes sense! I guess too most models know how to pose and that anyway so it's more so directing them for what you want, I can see how it can be similar shooting male and female. :) thanks for the insight
I actually used to shoot quite a few male models a couple of years ago before I started YouTube! But I don't really find it too different - I actually give quite similar direction to when I shoot female models, but ask them to follow my direction in a way that feels natural to them if that makes sense? And yeah! I'm happy we shot at the time we did because the lighting was really flattering for him :)
She's using a fast lens with an aperture around 1.4 - 2.0 so it let's in quite a bit of light. Its also a bright day so when shooting outside with a wide aperture, you would normally need a faster shutter speed :)
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