Don’t overlook the people who genuinely love and support you, while trying to impress the ones who don’t.
Kate is a very good model and I was fortunate to work with her before she takes a break from modelling for while.
The shoot was at Stephen Loban’s studio in downtown Toronto and we went for 3 looks. There were a lot of excellent shots but these are my favourite ones from the session. Lighting in all these setups was very simple; a softbox or umbrella placed camera left or right slightly above the height of the model.
I’ve been using primes for a long time now but I decided to do this shoot entirely with the Nikon 24-70 F2.8 lens. I’ve had this lens for a while and have never felt in necessary to upgrade to the VR version. I appreciate the convenience of the zoom, and this is a great lens. But I think I will go back to my primes. I really see the differnce in quality when I change my mind about a composition and decided to crop tighter than planned.
Digression to mention some gear…
The latest addition to my gear is the spiderpro handstrap and holster. I got the wrist strap because I thought it might help some wrist pain that I was having when using the camera. When I started using it the pain was aggravated initially and I realized the strap was too tight. After loosening a bit everything is good. Wrist pain is gone (might be a coincidence) but I much prefer having the camera against my hip instead of dangling from my neck. I also got the spiderpro plate and spiderpro belt holster system with it and they are staples on all my shoots.
I never used my camera strap during studio shoots and I didn’t like leaving it lying around. The spiderpro holster system is perfect for this but I have one caution; be careful about the belt clip not locking fully when you put the belt on. It’s opened up with me twice when I got a bit of my shirt caught in the clip so the belt didn’t lock fully. I didn’t realise this and the belt came loose with my camera attached. Luckily I caught it before it fell. Now that I realised the problem I check it to make sure it is locked properly and I check it periodically while moving around. Once the clip is properly in place it is a very secure latch.
Back to the shoot…
Light meter was used to measure for F8 on he model and about 2/3 less on the back wall.
Shot at F6.3
Shot at F9