Modeling Shoot: Lighting Test with Jaime

Modeling Shoot: Lighting Test with Jaime

Jamie with Jug (V)

My friend Jaime Ladd coördinates an "adventurous diners" group on a popular social media platform; 1 of the group members, Waco Tomlinson, recently killed a wild boar and offered up some choice cuts to the other members to prepare individual dishes for a potluck luncheon. Jaime agreed to deliver a shoulder to me so I could make red chili pozole, so I asked if she’d mind modeling for me as I continue to work on my studio lighting technique.

For the shoot, I used a Paul C. Buff “Einstein” (model E640) studio strobe and metered with a Sekonic L-308S Flashmate exposure meter. The light was positioned as close to the model as possible without encroaching the frame, and shot through a 43″ Westcott white umbrella. The strobe was set to a very low setting to achieve light falloff behind the subject, leaving the black backdrop mostly in the dark.

We used whatever props were at hand — a metal pitcher filled with colorful cloth napkins, a brown ceramic jug, a vintage bourbon bottle, a book — and just had fun with it. I hope you like the results.

About the Featured Photograph(s)


M-mount lenses do not provide aperture information to the camera body, either electronically or mechanically. Therefore, f-stop settings are approximate, and are probably wildly inaccurate. For what it’s worth, I usually shoot with my lenses wide open.

  • Jamie with Jug (V)
  • M9 Digital Camera
  • ISO:160
  • 50mm
  • 1/180s
  • ƒ/4
  • 35° 12.3667′ 0″ N 97° 25.5333′ 0″ W


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