I like to get out of my studio whenever I can. It's fun to shoot outdoors, in hotel rooms, in private homes and sometimes I rent a commercial studio space. In this case, the location is known as Beast Daylight Studio in Portland, Oregon. I've used it a few times before in order to enjoy the daylight that comes in through the big South facing windows. Here's a shot of the windows from a previous shoot with Adryana:
The model for this shoot is the lovely Christina Bee who can be found on Model Mayhem. I have a lot of admiration for the young women who work as traveling models through MM. Not many people at that age are brave enough to travel to strange cities and connect with photographers. They also have to be smart enough to do it safely. I always treat them with great respect and thank them for working with me.
I usually use only the natural daylight at The Beast, but for this shoot, I brought along a single Alien Bees B400 and a medium size umbrella. I'm glad I did, because it was a very cloudy day and the light was dim for much of the two hour shoot. This shot was done using only the daylight, which worked pretty well if the model was close to a window and facing it. Of course you have to compensate for the blue color cast, but that just takes a quick adjustment of the color balance sliders in Lightroom.
The light was fairly dim, so I put the camera on a tripod and shot at 1/60 sec, F/2, ISO 400 using the Tamron 85mm. Of course the tripod doesn't stop the subject from moving!
Mixing very cool, blue, daylight with strobe light is an interesting challenge that's fun for me. You usually can't get the color perfect on all body parts, since they are illuminated by sources of different colors, but using the local adjustment brush in Lightroom you can come pretty close.
Of course no shoot at this studio is complete without a black and white art nude photo. I added a little grain in honor of the years I spent shooting Tri-X Pan film.
If you would like to see more photos from this shoot, you can view a gallery at this link. Thanks for reading!
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