• Artificial Lighting
  • Backlit
  • broken rules
  • Center Framed
  • Couch
  • female
  • Indoor
  • Looking into camera
  • lying down
  • Mixed Lighting
  • One Female
  • One Person
  • Soft Light
  • Steady Light
  • Studio
  • woman

A summary of how this image was shot

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This photo of a series that was shot in the Natural White Studio in Nuremberg. The idea was so create very dreamy and elegant studio portraits of Marisa.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I did the pose myself, showing her exactly how I imagined it. This is always quite funny. Sometimes its just easier to actually show the subject how you would like them to be than to try and verbally explain it.

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What did you say?

“Get comfy on the sofa and gently cross your hands above the sofa arm. Give me your dreamiest look, like you’re trying to look into my soul.” ;)

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Tone of Directions

Calm, Funny


The composition I went for here put Marisa’s eyes in the center of the image which would immediately connect with the viewer. This gaze was all the focus of the image. I also chose to include a bit more of the environment such as the couch she was laying on as it just gives things a bit more context.

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Compositional Rules

None / Simple


Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I used Autofocus by clicking on the display where I wanted the focus to be.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot

Focus POints

Single Focus Point

Focused on


Equipment &

Canon EOS R6
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Tiffen Filter 77MM BLACK PRO-MIST 1/4 FILTER
1/200 @ f/1.8 ISO160 WB-5250

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 steady light, which was placed behind Marisa – ever so slightly lighting up just one side of her face and her body.
The rest was all natural light, also coming from the white walls that surrounded us.

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Light Type

Mixed Lighting

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

First, I edited this image in Lightroom. After I applied my preset, I adjusted it for a moody yet natural color look.
Then, I imported the image in Photoshop and retouched the skin a bit (with dodge and burn).

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Photoshop
Preset Used
Custom preset


Only using daylight seemed a bit boring in the test shots.

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So I brought in my steady light and it worked out great! The rim light on Marisas face is subtle, yet beautiful. It completes the picture.

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Location Name

Naturalwhite Studio

Location aDDRESS

Schießplatzstraße 40, 90469 Nürnberg

Loation Type

Daylight studio (but they also do have gear there which you're able to rent)



Try out different poses, because not every pose you see is flattering for your model. Also, to set the mood, let music play that suits the purpose. For this dreamy shoot, I chose Lana del Rey. Of course, your model should also like this music.

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