My local photo society had a studio-style model shoot this week which gave me my first ever chance to shoot professional models in this sort of environment. To be clear, this wasn’t a true studio setting, it was more a case of those members with studio-lights, backdrops etc. bringing them along, and then a session of organised shoots with each of the four models, so each member got a few minutes to photograph each of them.
I took along a couple of cameras: the Yashica Mat (which I remembered I’d loaded with 100asa film at the weekend, rather than the Delta 400 I’d bought for this session!), and my Nikon F80 with a Sigma 105mm f/2.8 and a 50mm f/1.8. I brought along a couple of film choices for the Nikon, but quickly decided on a roll of Tmax P3200 that I gratefully received from my Emulsive Secret Santa last year, and which I’ve not had opportunity to shoot until now. I figured the 3200asa film would give me plenty of leeway with shutter speed and hopefully produce some nice gritty portraits.
It became quickly apparent that I wouldn’t have enough time to faff around with the Yashica Mat, tripod, light meter etc, so quickly fell back to the F80 for the task at hand. Having never worked with models before, I didn’t really have a clue on how to direct them (and being somewhat shy didn’t help me either), but I was able to direct them in some poses I wanted to shoot, and I also heeded some advice I’d heard on a YouTube video once: That you should trust the model to pose for you. It’s their job, and they’ll know what works better than an inexperience photographer. This was good advice.
Anyway, not knowing quite what results I would get, I was very happy when I got my processed negatives back. While I’m sure there are many points to criticise, for my first attempt I was really happy with what I’d got. I’m not sure it’s something that I’m interested in pursuing further, but it was a good experience.
Anyway, here are a small selection (and there are a few more on my Flickr stream if you want to see the rest).
Nikon F80, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 OS HSM (except the shot with the tattoed arm in the foreground, which was the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D) & Kodak Tmax P3200.
Taken on 19 March 2019