I am now pleased to announce that the next workshop at “le Daylight studio” will take place on the last week end of October . Saturday October 28th and Sunday October 29th.
Mark your calendars : You do not want to miss this opportunity ! If you want to register, visit this page.
You may wonder what kind of pictures you could achieve in the different settings of the studio
This is the reason why I did a trial shoot this July with the amazing Joy D. (Joy will be the model for this October workshop). This way, You can get a better idea of what the sets look like WITH a model in it .
I called this first set “the mini-jungle”. This is one of my favorite sets where you can shoot all day with many different lenses and on the mood you like (Fashion, Portrait , lingerie , Nudes .. you name it). Here is Joy posing in a very classy Marjolaine deshabillé
Most studios have a “cyclo” but here mine is a daylight cyclo ,located on the balcony on the first floor. Total privacy for this set which should be used either in the morning on a sunny day or with diffusors which can be placed above the model. As a reminder, Reflectors and distributors are loaned at no cost to those renting the studio .
Near the pool you will also find “the tropical shower” set which is a great set to get some glamour images . This set can be used all day although I do like the end of the afternoon a lot for this set.
Another very interesting set is the “Broken window” set . I had it built years ago when I was working in New York. You can get the mood of your choice depending on you pose the model. Here is an example shot in the morning :
Then, of course, there is “The pool” set . Many pictures can be done here thanks to several very cool looking pool furniture plus the fact that you can shoot the model in the pool from the large terrace on the first floor (I recommend a medium to long tele lens for this purpose, anything from 150mm to 300mm). The pool is facing South and West so early or late in the day are best for this set.
Here is Joy by the pool from up close and another one shot from the terrace above :
Moving inside now, you cannot miss ” The Grand stairs “ set . This part of the house was completely changed to get you this impressive stairs with truly amazing lighting effects . Depending on what you want to include in your composition an ultra wide angle to a short tele are probably your best options here.
Further inside the house, another inspiring area is “The arches set”. A very wide angle (24mm and less) can produce great results here. For handheld shoots a ISO setting of 200 to 400 is probably best. This is also the kind of set where an inspired model (like Joy for instance) can come up with her own posing ideas.
Finally, as I said , there are many spots which can be used to shoot because of the furniture , the lighting reflections and so on ..
Here a few images made with Joy on this week end to give you a better idea of what I am talking about :