Read this first: I took these photos, but it wasn’t my shoot. The hard work and skill was done by my good friends at SOPHA in Manchester, NH at a group shoot. Read more below…
Wow Virgil, these are awesome, how did you do it?
I signed up for a group shoot at SOPHA, showed up and set my camera to the listed settings and clicked away. When I got home, I did a small amount of editing, but the lighting, the models and the sets were all done by the great people and models at SOPHA. Anything beyond how I edited these photos and camera settings, I’m not sharing. The lighting setups and set design is SOPAH’s and not mine to share.
All that said, if you want to shoot models, the number one best place to start is at any kind of group shoot. You might not have access to a studio as good as SOPHA, but its where you should start. On your own you can generally shoot inanimate objects and have them come out looking pretty decent, but shooting people has several more levels of complexity. Add in lighting and its yet even more complex and then whoa, how do you manage your model?
Group shoots give you the ability to learn from those around you in a low pressure environment. Its a group shoot, there is no expectation that your photos will turn out great. If you shoot models on your own, especially TF and even more so paid, you are under a lot of pressure to deliver. Get some group shoots under your belt first. They also get you connected to local photographers and models in your photographic community.
In terms of editing, other than minor adjustments, nothing was added. Not the blue on the brick wall, the red dots in midair (that was lighting), the catch lights in the sunglasses or red background spilling over. None of it is Photoshopped in. It was all part of the lighting setups and sets.