Off Topic – this is my series when I blog about me venturing out into (for me) pretty much unknown photographic territory. Like yesterday, when I did my first ever TFP (time for pictures) fashion shooting.
Although I own a couple of cheap studio strobes, light formers and a background system, I rarely put it to use for some home studio shooting, apart of some family pictures on a few occasions, and some experimental flash photography when I feel like playing in my creative sandbox.
But recently I connected with model Susana Valentina (www.model-kartei.de) for an opportunity for a TFP (time for pictures) fashion shooting. Susana was looking for images to add to her portfolio in the agency database, and I got my first every opportunity to shoot with someone who has modeling experience.
So I set up my makeshift photo studio in our living room. I used two 400W strobes on lightstands, one with a shoot-through umbrella and the other with a soft box. As camera I used my Olympus OM-D E-M1X with the mZuiko 12-100mm F/4, a combination that performed admirably. I had some prime lenses like the 25mm F/1.8 and the 45mm F/1.8, but never needed them due to the quality of the 12-100. I tethered the camera via cable to my MacBook Pro for instant control of the photographs.
Susana brought several outfits on which we spent the good part of five hours shooting. I learned a lot from her regarding posing and what to look for when shooting fashion. It was fun controlling the light. I had to adjust the output of the strobes (I operated both the camera and the strobes in full manual mode) or move the soft box around to optimize the light. For my first shooting with a model (and this in my living room) I felt I did quite well. The above photographic output just a first quick selection from the literally hundreds of images we created together.
I really enjoyed my TFP experience and I’m quite sure I will do it again, once the opportunity arises. The goal is to build experience and maybe one day do it with some monetary compensation. If you are interested yourself in something similar, look for TFP opportunities in your area (check model databases), for sure there will be opportunities for you to get some free shooting time in exchange for photographs.
Wish you a great Sunday