Margot - White Sofa

Margot Haievska, June 2019 - Cirque du Creatifs, Frankfurt

Margot Haievska, June 2019 - Cirque du Creatifs, Frankfurt
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harmeetsingh April 22, 2020
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Behind The Lens

I don't have a home studio, so I usually end up renting either a studio or using a room that the model may have available. I took this particular photo on my first visit to one of the studios here in Frankfurt. The idea was to get a bit of a "lounging"/"relaxing" type of scene, and after a couple of different poses, Margot fell into this comfortable, laid back pose. At that point, I just asked her to close her eyes for a moment, and the result was this photo.
It was around noon - 5 minutes before, to be exact. With the sunshades partially opened on the windows, we had enough light coming in that no artificial light was needed.
The - all natural - light came through windows on Margot's right side. Since this is the brigher one of the studio's rooms, and with the help of the white sofa, the available light was more than enough to create this scene.
I used my Nikon D850, which only a year before had replaced my D700 - and I've never looked back since, not that the D700 is a bad camera. In terms of lenses, the one I used here was my Sigma Art 35mm F1.4, one of my favorites, for both people photography as well as while traveling.
I'm really not all that used to photographing models, I have organized a couple of photoshoots with models, however, most of my photography happens without people in the frame. Occasionally I just like to challenge myself. However, with that being the case, I also like to give the models a bit of "down time" inbetween, while I figure out what to do next. In this case, it - more or less - turned out to be the right thing to do at the right moment, with the right outfit and the right position for the camera and myself.
On this photo, it was surprisingly little that I did - I used a mask to lighten up Margot a bit, and that was really about it. There were one or two spots that I removed as well - however, her skin was nearly perfect to begin with, so not much to do there anyway.
In my camera bag
The short answer: way too much on the one hand, and probably not enough on the other. It starts with the Nikon D850 that I already mentioned, then continues through the Sigma Art 20mm 1.4, Sigma Art 35mm 1.4, Nikon 50mm 1.4, Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 and the Sigma 70-200mm 2.8. I also have a Nikon 70-300mm, though I tend to leave that at home these days, even when traveling. Add to that a bunch of memory cards (2x 64GB XQD, 1x 128GB XQD plus a couple of 64GB SDs). And I used to travel with a mobile SSD (WD My Passport Wireless), however, that's recently - for the most part - been replaced by an iPad Pro.
This may sound like an obvious thing - take in your surroundings. Take a look at whatever's available in the studio or wherever you are, and try to imagine what other angles you could be seeing them from. Try to experiment with at least one new viewpoint/angle every time you're taking photos of someone, or something. Maybe you'll end up deleting a lot of those photos... however, just maybe, you'll end up with a photo that people like.

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