In today's photoshoot video, I take you behind the scenes working with a client and give you tips and ideas on how to photograph portraits in harsh sunlight + how to photograph two models in a photo.
A big thank you to Suzi Rose for letting me create a behind the scenes from our photoshoot!
Designer: Suzi Rose // @suzi_rose_designs
Makeup: Rene Nikol
Models: Tyler @ Priscilla's & Georgia May Davis
Video: Dan @ I Make Films
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Music by KZ:
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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
Thank you so much for watching! xx
IKR. I did the calculations myself. 120 looks, 2 models, 6 hours, 3 min per look per model! Working with models is different because they know how to pose and they move quickly. That saves a lot of time and gives photographers a chance to focus on creating a beautiful image.
I personally only use an ND filter if it's bright enough for me to have to go over 2.8, or if I'm after a particular look with my photos that I can't achieve because of the sunny conditions. I want to make a video about this soon!
Fantastic work! The images look great, and well you can't beat the location. This was a great inspiration for my shoot today - full sun - high fashion looks (so a little different). I like how you kept everything crips even at 2.8 - I struggle with this when I shoot wide open, I tend to get too many soft-focus shots, or a "just missed" - but the composition and look are there it usually works out. But today I'm really looking for that crisp focus in the eyes. Anyway. Thanks for the inspiration!
Hi Julia! I am in California and I absolutely LOVE your videos!! I always LEARN from them. Thank you for doing this! So, my question to you is, you mention that you make some adjustments on Lightroom. I so the before and after here, but I do not have Lightroom. I always work with photoshop. Could you tell me, if you know how, to get that super clear picture after you edit! Thanks!
You're work is amazing Julia ! I just found out about your channel and I love it ! I'm watching all your videos. I'm a photographer too but you teach me a lot too ! Your video are great quality ! Love love love !!
Beautiful outfits and setting Julia. Synchro Sun or a Reflector! Don't forget shoot flat RAW too. Also. 105mm or 135mm puts more distance to the subject but offers better background blur and optical virtuosity.
I just wanted to say thanks~
I've been learning about various aspects of photography online for about half a year now, and have just come across your channel. Your videos really do contain a wealth of knowledge which other channels just aren't giving away (for whatever reason - quite possibly because they don't have a great deal of creative insight to share). You also present the videos with a beautiful balance of professionalism and friendliness.
THANK YOU, and take care!
I also find it difficult to be genuinely impressed by most YouTuber's actual photography work. It seems most have a strength with the business aspect of photography. I absolutely love your images, and you are an insliration!
Hi Julia, I thought the video was nice and clean. my question is or more comments is f/2.. ?? if this is a look book, it should be about the clothing. details of the fabric and design of material would start to be lost at f/2.0 once out of original focus area. thats why studio is so preferred. I do look books outside and would f/4 with a flash to capture the details but 2.0 all natural even at 1/8000 of a second leaves finer details lost. especially fore commerce where the images are compressed to extreme.
have you considered. 1/4000 at f/4 of 1/3200 at 5.6 even. the sweet spot on the 50mm 1.2 is right around the f/4. sorry and tanks, curiosity getting the best of me.
Shooting at f2 for me is enough to be able to get the model and detail of the clothing in focus :) It's my personal style for me to shoot at a shallow depth of field, my clients come to me for that style so if I were to shoot at f4 or higher, it would completely change the look of my photos!
Very great video, Julia :) One question, though: How did you and the models protect yourselves against the sunlight? Sun lotion does harm tho the camera body (I see this "against me" sleeve on your Sigma lens...) and would probably do no good to the dresses.
So when I'm out for a photoshoot on a sunny day, sun protection is always the first question on my agenda. You ought to be very experienced here as you are living in Australia?
Do you think the mark iii is outdated? Should I buy it if I have the chance to buy it for $2500 with warranty or $2000 without warranty? I wanna mention I m switching from Sony and I wanna focus on portrait photography. Any useful advice? Thanks!
cause I had an a6500 that was mainly focused on video. That s how I discovered my love for photography. I have just heard these days about the a7iii. I think that any of these cameras will me serve well as long as I invest time and passsion! Thank you so much! You are doing a really great job!
I am personally happy with my mkiiis! I don't have the need to upgrade to the mkiv, I will probably wait for the next one in the series! I find that the mkiii does everything I need it to do and I don't feel limited by it. Why are you thinking of switching from Sony? Have you tried the A7III yet? I've heard amazing things about it for photography!
I find these results to be unacceptable as far as fashion photography goes. In these circumstances using a scrim, shooting on amcloudy day or using a high end lighting system is a must for professional looking results.
Gee shocker... she has the go to of every hobby photographer today who buys a camera and now is an expert. Buy that expensive 50 1.2 and 85 1.2 and just glue it wide open and shoot away.... Attractive photographer... meets 50 1.2 and 85 1.2 yeaaaaaa now I'm an expert. And everyone hires the attractive one (PS tip... when you have a beautiful model you can get away with some of this stuff more)
You don't have to edit them if you don't want to, but I love editing colours in Lightroom! I have a video about my workflow here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr826lxVfWk&t and I also have a playlist of Lightroom tutorials :)
I usually shoot with my white balance on 5200K as I find that it's not too warm! If skin tones look a little funny once I look at the photos on my computer, I just use HSL to bring them back to normal :)
I am really greatful for this video, as this topic is hardly getting discussed in tutorials. In reality life is not only happening in the golden hour and I had to shoot weddings and family portraits on the beach and in the harbour during midday numerous times. I quickly learnt how important it is to have a camera sensor with a decent dynamic range, however editing still sucks and takes ages or I might be doing sg wrong. I usually have to use masks on people's faces in Lightroom to pull up the shadows and even crank up the exposure a bit. Then I am using gradual filters to darken the background for a more dramatic look. I would be curious how others go about it, as my method does not seem to be too productive to be honest..
Thank you for your reply, your videos really help me to be more conscious when editing in Lightroom. After posting my comment, I just found your tutorials about deliberately underexposing plus your editing workflow, which I beleive fill a niche here on Youtube. I don't always have the luxury (and an assistant with me) to set up an external flash with a giant softbox on the beach and I really want to master natural light before I get into flash photography. Keep up the great work!
Thank you and I completely agree! Most of the time with client work, you are doing a photoshoot for the full day, which includes shooting in harsh sunlight! You might have the chance to shoot in golden hour at the end of the day, but that's only a small portion of the entire photoshoot. I personally use this method of slightly underexposing my images and editing them in Lightroom this way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lRSNXm7DuQ in case you're interested in checking that out :)
Nice, not sure about the bling bikinis at the end, but all in all an idyllic shoot. Interesting to see how well this camera coped with the backlight and harsh sun conditions. The images were a bit washed out maybe the effect you were trying to create. It nice to go all natural but you could bring your photos up to next level by firstly using off camera flash which is so easy to do and then if you have an extra hand a sunlight diffuser. That said they can be a bit large and easy to blow away in the wind. So I think just off camera flash would be my best suggestion. Try it, you will be amazed at the results.
Thank you! The washed out look what was the client was after so I achieved that in Lightroom. I could have edited the photos to be punchy and vibrant, but that's not what the client was after for this shoot :)
I still don't know how you guys can shoot wide open or even f/2.2 and get everything tack sharp?! Especially, two girls together. I understand focal planes, lens length, distance, aperture, the inverse law theory and lens compression, but some how it doesn't really work out for me! One eye will be tack sharp and the other soft. More power to you guys! LOL
Haha thank you! It just comes down to practice and experience, the more you shoot and experiment, the more you know how much you can push and pull the tools you're using to make them work - eg, low depth of field! :D
Beautiful shots but out of curiosity, why not at least use a reflector? Seems that would save some Lightroom editing time and avoid the situation you mentioned where shadows were so harsh that the client rejected the shots?
I can't remember exactly what I mentioned in the video, but my client was super happy with all the photos! I could definitely have used a reflector but that would also require hiring an assistant for the day as well, we were also shooting a lot of outfits in a short amount of time!
A speedlight or reflector would definitely add more light to the subject, but its not "needed" - it's just another alternative technique to use on top of just shooting with natural light like I did here :)
Thank you! Just start by taking some photos and building up your career :) Photography takes a lot of work, but when you start taking photos and making connections with people, your business will branch out!
I have a detailed video about how I focus here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1eVrLjdCzA&t with the 2 models, I get them to stand with their faces at the same distance away from me so they are both in focus - I just put my focus point to one of the model's faces, but since they are in line with each other, both will be in focus!
Julia you rock! Fav channel on YouTube! Totally inspired by your work and videos☀️ About to do a harsh light shoot here in Austin Texas and sat in my car and watched this again lol 😀🤙 Keep up the great content and Stay Gold!
If used properly, with the correct technique and savvy modifier choices, artificial lighting can be used in harsh light situations without *looking* artificial, and also without blowing out the sky and other background highlights. Many photographers are simply afraid of off-camera flash, but the principles are actually really simple.
Julia Trotti i watched it right after leaving the comment haha, i hadn’t noticed it before. i have a cropped sensor and a 1.8 50mm, you reckon i could still manage or is it only better with full frames and its lenses?
Brilliant video! I had a friendly and very civil conversation with another commenter on a previous video I you managed in such challenging conditions. You did reply to both of us at the time, thank you, but it’s still great to see you do it. I know weddings are longer hours, but I imagine you had the more challenging days doing fashion shoots like this. For weddings you have about 60-90 minutes to create poses and then the rest is catching candid shots. I’m not saying that is easy, I certainly couldn’t do it to the standard our wedding photographer did it, but fashion shoots you have to think of the pose which will be pleasing to the viewer, catch their attention and sell the dress/suit or whatever else people wear. To do it with the number of of shots you did is beyond amazing. I used to be a chef for many years, with my own outside catering business at one time, it was hard, hot work but even though I took a lot of pride in what I did, after the initial menu design for a wedding breakfast etc the rest was muscle memory. Each photograph you create has to be different than the last where I was after all my plates being the same. Thank you for this insight to just how tough it is doing your job, and it’s not talent alone but also a strong work ethic.
Your comments always hit the nail on the head Mark! You're right, photographing a wedding isn't easy, but the vast majority of the day is capturing candid moments and things as they happen. This proves it's own set of "obstacles" where the moments that happen aren't always in the best lighting so you need to make it work, you need to physically be there when something needs capturing so you need to be attentive and your lighting is constantly changing - indoors, outdoors, shade, sun, etc. But, as you mentioned these things somehow become muscle memory, so it's easier to flow throughout the day and know what needs to be shot! Then you have a small portion of the day dedicated to something a little more similar to a fashion shoot where you direct the couple and bridal party for some photos. Compared to a fashion shoot where you have to direct absolutely everything throughout the day to be able to capture the things you need! Which means that you need to keep so many things in mind while still being creative. And that's awesome to hear that you were a chef and also had your own catering company! I can image the long hours and definitely not easy work, so props to you!
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