Monthly Archives: January 2010

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Manou – Your Place, Your Time

She’s my partner in crime, she’s my best friend and the one I can always talk to when I need. She’s also a gorgeous and talented girl. It’s always a pleasure to spend time with her and shoot photos of her.

And because a few picures are worth more than many words, enjoy.

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FAQ – Studio Rig

After my two latest posts, I had some questions from faithful readers concerning my studio rig. So I took the opportunity of another studio shoot to take some pictures of my studio setup.

When I decided to setup the studio for interior shoots, my objective was to have an efficient and versatile setup. I wanted something which would give me enough freedom and that I could easily move or transform. I also had to take into consideration the space I had available and the fact that I wanted to be able to take apart everything easily so that I could setup a mobile on location studio if I needed.

In the end, in order to balance all these requirements and constraints, I decided to setup something simple but efficient. Although I would have loved to setup big light modifiers it didn’t suit my needs and style.

So here is a shot a typical studio setup. I took a wide shot so that you can see the whole space.

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Here for this shoot, I decided to use a standard three lights setup. I generally use between three to five lights depending on what I want to achieve (and the number of people involved in the shoot). But for a single person, three lights is more than enough and it can already be a lot to manage.

My first light is on my Camera left. This is my main source of light and it is meant to be directional. I am using a medium size softbox, the light is a bit harsh but as I need to be able to pack everything rapidly this is the best solution for now. I might look into getting an octogonal softbox in the near future.

My second light is just in front of my camera in the shot, you can see the lightstand sllightly on my left. It is used as my fill light to provide me with additional light to lift some shadows created by my main light and it gives me a softer and more uniform overall lightning.

Finally my third light is in the back on the right. It is my hair light. Here I am using a speedlight. For this shoot, I positioned it so that I can have some light spill from the back of my model: I wanted some nice cross-lightning with my main light. As I wanted some spill, I set it up bare with no grid or snoot.

I use a white background as it is also the most versatile. With white I can do white (duh obviously), black, any shade of grey and colors. It’s the best !

And if you want to see the result here is a shot in situation with the most gorgeous model I could manage to get.

Be prepare Internet, it’s pretty awesome!

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Or maybe not.

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Having fun while on assignment!

One of the first thing I say to my clients is that it is really important that we both have fun during a shoot or at their wedding.

There’s no miracle. I know that if my client doesn’t have fun then I won’t have fun and we will both struggle during the session… And I know that if it were to happen, I would feel miserable because I was not able to set a good mood: my objective is to make any photoshoot session a game, a great memory for both me and my client.

And I definitely need to have fun. I want to establish a good and relaxed relationship from the get go. It’s really important to me! And if I have to make a fool of myself, dance or sing to achieve this, I would gladly do so (yes Internet, because I love dancing and singing, and by the way for an Asian guy I have an incredible rhythm sense! And yes I am also very modest). I want my clients to consider me as a friend because that’s how I view them.

And in the end, if I started this job it was because I knew that even though I was working, it would be like having fun every single day!

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Pascal Tran Binh Aoshi Studio Photographe Mariage Portrait Lifestyle Paris France International

Pascal Tran Binh Aoshi Studio Wedding Portrait Lifestyle Photographer Paris France International