• Artificial Light
  • calm
  • Center Framed
  • Dark
  • Front Lit
  • full body
  • Indoor
  • Moody
  • Movement
  • Playful
  • Soft Light
  • Studio
  • Wide

The story behind the image

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I took this photo on right at the end of an e-commerce shoot for an Italian jewel maker. We were wrapping up when this images sparked in my mind. The whole atmosphere was inspired by Dutch golden age artists and Renaissance paintings, which is an artistic period I really connect to. I quickly talked the model though my idea and we got the shot I wanted right away.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I wanted to incorporate movement and angles so I asked to model to start swinging her body and arms while looking away from the light. I know sometimes these directions might make the subject feel weird so I really tried to reassure her that if it felt stupid, it was working and I made sure we were all laughing and not taking it too seriously while shooting.

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What did you say?

Ok, now I need you to trust me. I want you to start swinging side to side without looking at the light. I know it might feel stupid so if you feel this way, it’s because you’re doing exactly what I’m asking and it working.

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Tone of Directions



I wanted the image to be very dynamic so I made sure the model’s body was crating a nice S-shape with the dress coming out from one corner of the image. I position the model’s torso in the center of the image because that’s where most of the action is happening and I wanted to draw the eye right to that point. I also played with negative space to give some room for the action to take place.

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Compositional Rules

Broken Rules


Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I focused on the lightest part of the image, her dress. I was working with a slower shutter speed and I knew the focus wouldn’t be crazy sharp, so I didn’t worry too much on having the eye perfectly in focus.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

her dress

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark IV
Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4
1/13 @ f/7.1 ISO800 WB-Auto

The way the EXIF is written out follows the common photographic method (with the inclusion of White Balance at the end). Here it is broken down:

Shutter Speed @ Aperture ISO White Balance.

Light & Weather

I used a continuous light with a 50x70cm soft box placed at 45 degree-angles.

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Light Type

Artificial LightSoftbox

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I used my own presets. It tends to warm up the image a bit, add a little grain and desaturate. I brought back some contrast after applying my preset.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used
Own personal Presets


None in particular, this photo came out of pure on-the-moment inspiration and fun.

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Again, none in particular

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Location Name

Artist's studio

Location aDDRESS

Monza, Italy

Loation Type




The fun story behind this photo is that it was taken in 3 seconds right before calling it a day. The whole team ended up loving this shot. I guess the moral of the story is that going off board with the brief and let your mind and ideas speak for yourself sometimes pays off.

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