Editorial Portrait at Evan’s Hairstyling School

This is the second series of the Evan’s Hairstyling School Editorial Photoshoot. For this photoshoot, I invited three models. One of them is actually a student from the school. While we were doing our photoshoot, I spotted this girl from this girl Mikayla and her picture turned out to be my favoutie for this shoot. When I started photography as a student, I didn’t really know any models. Most of the time, I will just ask around or find them on the street. In a college town, most people are willing to say yes! You just need to start, keep learning and trying. And we know all things work together for good!

The first image that I did with Mikayla was a short light Rembrandt set up with a reflector fill on the left side and a background light.

  • Camera: 5D Mark IV
  • Lens: Sigma 70-200
  • (ff/4.5, 1/200s, ISO100)

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This one is another classic clamshell lighting with a background light and kick light. You can see the catch light in her eyes to observe the use of clamshell lighting.

Pro tips: I love deconstruct other photographers image by observing the catch light in the subject’s eyes.

  • Camera: 5D Mark IV
  • Lens: Sigma 70-200
  • (f/4.5, 1/200s, ISO100)

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Another clamshell lighting set up with my coworker/model Clark. He is a super talented illustrator.

  • Camera: 5D Mark IV
  • Lens: Sigma 70-200
  • (f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO100)

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Another image of Clark, the setting is a short light loop lighting with kick and background lights. And I taught my friend Kaden the process of my portrait retouching workflow. He is such a humble and passionate photographer/videographer. I love working with him.

  • Camera: 5D Mark IV
  • Lens: Sigma 70-200
  • (f/4.5, 1/200s, ISO100)

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Here is the last model, Hajdi from Albania. It’s the same clamshell lighting set up except the back lit is straight behind her.

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This is the last image from the Photoshoot! The same setting as the one I did with Max. In order to create a nice highlights on the cheek bone, I used two light with similar power ratio from both side and added a kick light with background light.

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I learned a lot of my beauty lighting theory and retouching from Lindsay Adler. She is a famous fashion photographer based in New York City and a brilliant instructor expertises in beauty and fashion photography.