Daan Model Shoot

Photographing models is probably a lot of men’s dream.  What most people don’t realize, is all the work that goes into those pretty pictures.

I recently had a shoot in with a model in Daan Park 大安公圓 in Taipei, Taiwan and would love to share them with you.  Usually for big shoots like this, I like to try to tell you how we did the photos and all the technical information.  But… I’m on vacation right now and just can’t wrap my head around it!

Like my last post, I’ll just tell you the basic-basics, and let you have a look at a pretty model from a fun afternoon of shooting.

Taiwan Model Photography

We had a lot of different outfits to shoot so we had to move fast.  We also only shot at two locations so I had wanted to try to get some different looks in the photos without having to drastically rearrange the lights.

The main light on all of these photos is a Nikon SB-800 behind a shoot-through umbrella with a 1/8 CTO filter. Because this was a catalog shoot, I mostly took full-body shots and needed a big, even light source.  The 42” umbrella worked wonderfully to evenly illuminate her entire body.  The 1/8 CTO is a nice filter to add a little warmth and make any model’s skin glow.

I switched up the secondary light a few times…  Sometimes, I didn’t use one at all…  Most of the time I use a big white card and/or a reflector to lower the contrast on the non-lit side of her body.  And for many of the shots with the trees in the background, I used a Nikon Sb-24 as a rim light.

Taiwan Model Photography

I’d like to thank the beautiful model Rebecca, the equally beautiful stylist Ashley and the cabana boy Ed for a great day!  You can buy all these clothes and many more at Ashley’s new shop at 敦化南路 1段 187巷 40號 (It’s just behind Luxy in the ZhongXiao area of Taipei)

Of course, if you have any questions or comments, I’ll be happy to answer them! (Especially because of this quick write-up)


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15 thoughts on “Daan Model Shoot

  1. Magical DOF in the opening shot.

    I agree – working with models in different situations, clothes etc is hard, tiring work. And some people think we have it easy!

    • It can be tiring, especially if you shoot in the mid-day Taipei heat like we did on this one. But, when you work with great people who don’t mind the obstacles, it can also be a lot of fun.

  2. Congrats for living the dream! =P

  3. Great work man. You can’t even tell that you had off camera lighting going on. That’s a challenge, although it seems that lately I’ve been really digging the “obvious” off camera lighting look.

  4. Nice shots.
    Well done!

  5. Hi, nice to meet you. I really like your photos! It looks very professional. I’m a real beginner in photography and I just bought the Canon EOS Rebel XSI. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!!!

  6. Eugene Omar

    Hi Wade,

    I just wanted to tell you that I love your shots!

    I am moving to Taiwan in the next couple of weeks and would really like to get in to modelling. I am a 25 y/o Mixed Race, Anglo/European male. 186cm tall, slim, 65kg’s, 31inch waist… I need to get comfortable and more confident in front of the camera and I so I am looking for a photographer that can help me put together a portfolio. Any Ideas would be greatly apreciated.

    Muchos thanks!


  7. Benny

    Wow so random. Found your cool photo blog from another Taiwan blog, which I had found on Google. Saw your pics and I know Ashley! Met her when I was studying at Shida a couple years ago.

    Great stuff!

  8. Hi Mr Neil,
    Just read your blog and really admire your photos.
    anyway just want to ask what camera and lenses did you use for this model?
    thanks in advance

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