Toronto, October 11, 2015 – Last weekend, we held our first in a series of It’s All Style To Me Open Studio sessions in downtown Toronto. Fresh new faces by way of Elmer Olsen Model Management (Laura & Steph) and b&m Models (Lauren) arrived at Studio Fontana where staff prepared hair and makeup for a day of fashion model test shoots.
My go-to DSLR for studio work has traditionally been the D800 or the new D810. Although I have used the Nikon D4S in the past for a Revlon Pro Bridal event and the Montreal Grand Prix 2014, it was my first time shooting anything in-studio with the D4S. This is Nikon’s top-of-the-line ($7,149.95 CAD/$5,999.95 USD) pro DSLR and what makes this pro camera so incredible is it’s powerful full-frame 16.2MP CMOS image sensor and new lightning-fast EXPEED 4 image processing engine. That results in an outstanding 100 – 25,600 ISO range, expandable down to 50 and up to 409,600 for superior image quality in optimal and low-light situations.
For this shoot, I went with mid-key with a single strobe with beauty dish modifier (camera right) and a second strobe with reflective umbrella to fill some heavy shadows (camera left) for the full body shots. I reserve umbrella use to group shots because they bathe the whole scene with light, but it worked well as a modifier for fill light too. Nikon also supplied me with their new Nikkor 50mm/f1.8 and 85mm/f1.4 portrait lenses. The 50mm/f1.8 was a tad soft for my liking and it would be nice to compare it to the Nikkor 50mm/f1.4 or the 50mm/f1.2. I used the 85mm for close-ups and 50mm for full-body and the results were quite good. Shooting lossless compressed files at 14-bit RAW (18.5MB file size) means manageable file sizes and quick shooting without sacrificing quality. At 36.3MP the D800/810 provides me with a lot more detail which is great because I tend to shoot with a lot of excess space around the subject(s). Using the D4S meant adjusting my style to come in a little tighter and fill the frame for optimal image data. The 85mm/f1.4 & D4S gave me some incredible detail and image sharpness and it’s remarkable how on-point the WB is and how fast and accurately the camera focuses. Really loving the new ‘group focus’ setting.
Enough of my rambling, check out some of Toronto’s new fashion faces in the web-res images from the shoot below.
Location: Studio Fontana
MUA: Rebecca Tsiantis
Hair: Danny Fortunato
Photography: Spiro Mandylor, spiro.ca
Technical Assistant & Behind-the-Scenes Photos: Lu Chau
Equipment: Nikon D4S, Nikkor 50mm/f1.8, Nikkor 85mm/f1.4
Models: Laura & Steph, Elmer Olsen Model Management & Lauren, b&m Models