Contrasts in the studio (with the SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens)

In principle, shooting outdoor is the most beautiful thing for me. I stroll through the wilds of nature, explore forests and meadows and keep looking for water drops on leaves and little bugs on blossoms. Also in town I enjoy walking outside and looking for details that are hidden to most other people. For my portrait shootings I prefer going out as well because there are so many incredible settings to discover. I love playing with light and apertures, the low sun and the wonderful colors it creates.

Every now and then, however, it’s also time for me to make a short trip to the studio and experiment with different flash settings, light formers and backgrounds. For my concept I thought about focusing on contrast and about post-editing all photos in black and white. Finding the right models turned out to be the first challenge then! While the make-up artist conjured the perfect make-up look, I tried to find the right setup for the lighting matching my setting. Below you can see a little sketch with the setup I chose for myself. For the front view I used a big octabox and on the left- and right-hand sides I used a white mobile screen to reflect the light very well. I also tried to illuminate only the white half of the background with a normal reflector and another screen. (A little hint: is a great website to create light sketches very easily.)

I shot with my Canon 5D Mark III and my favorite lens, the SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art. As an aperture I used f5.6 in order to guarantee a good level of sharpness. I decided for a shutter speed of 1/125 sec and as an ISO value I chose 100, of course.

After I was done with all the planning and preparation work, I could finally start shooting.

Below you can find some results of my shooting. Sometimes I really enjoy quiet photo shootings in a studio and experimenting a bit. What do you think about this kind of photography, this staging and about trying out something new in general?

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