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A Fashion Photoshoot Diary from Dubai / Chapter #1 - Lighting

Hi guys!

Here sharing insights from an amazing fashion photoshoot I did in the heart of Dubai.


You can watch the who behind the scenes on my youtube channel:


This shoot was a blend of creativity and technical challenge as we showcased a fabulous new collection by a talented fashion designer @Elodi.atlan.

Let's dive into the details of managing complex lighting and camera settings that helped bring this vision to life.


1. The Setting: Dubai provided a dynamic backdrop for our fashion shoot, mixing ultramodern urban landscapes with luxurious indoor settings. The choice of location was crucial, as each environment brought its own lighting challenges and opportunities to highlight the designer's creations.





2. Mastering Indoor Light: Our indoor set was the entrance to the hotels lobi, which bathed the space in natural light. However, to avoid harsh shadows and enhance the texture of the fabrics, I employed a few key tools:





  • Camera Settings for Indoors:

  • I used Aperture: f/5.6, ideal for depth while keeping the focus sharp on the clothing.

  • Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec, fast enough to freeze motion without losing ambient light.

  • ISO: 400, to ensure the sensor sensitivity perfectly captured the mood without noise.

  • Focal length 24mm.


3. Conquering Outdoor Light: The outdoor shoot capitalized on Dubai's blu sky. The natural light at this time was perfect, but to deal with the range of light and shadows, I had a few tricks up my sleeve:





  • Camera Settings for Outdoors:

  • Aperture: f/5.6 which sharpened the details across the scene.

  • Shutter Speed: 1/2000sec, to capture crisp images as the models moved.

  • ISO: 200, taking full advantage of the natural light and maintaining top image quality.

  • Focal lenght 42mm.

4. Challenges and Solutions: Adjusting to the swiftly changing light conditions was the day's biggest challenge. Quick on-the-spot adjustments to the camera settings and positioning of the models relative to the sun were crucial. Whether redirecting a model to face a softening sunset or adjusting the reflector to catch just the right angle of light, each decision was vital in capturing the perfect shot.





  • Camera Settings for Outdoors:

  • Aperture: f/5.6 which sharpened the details across the scene.

  • Shutter Speed: 1/2000sec, to capture crisp images as the models moved.

  • ISO: 100, taking full advantage of the natural light and maintaining top image quality.

  • Focal lenght 24mm.

Conclusion: This photoshoot in Dubai was not just about capturing fashion—it was about telling a story through light and shadow, texture and movement. The technical details, from lens choice to lighting setup, were all tailored to echo the exquisite creation of the designer's collection. I hope this peek behind the lens inspires and enlightens fellow photographers and fashion lovers alike.


Remember, every shoot is a new adventure, and every challenge is a doorway to innovation.


Credits:

My work for @elodie.atlan

with the amazing model @carminacotfas

Makeup by @ellersdorfer.lidia


Warmly,

Angela

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