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You Don’t Need a Great Studio Space to Shoot Great Portraits

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My name is Philippe Echaroux, and I’m a French celebrity photographer and an ambassador for Hasselblad and Elinchrom. I recently had to do a portrait shoot at a large studio in Paris, but for this shoot I decided to have a bit of fun.

Challenging yourself as a photographer is always a good thing, so I decided to shoot the portraits I needed to shoot but in an unusual environment.

I decided to set up a makeshift studio in the small stairwell right next to the studio doors and elevator.

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The space was so cramped that we had to pay attention to people exiting the elevator, since a misstep out of the elevator could easily have knocked over my light.

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For this shoot, I used my Hasselblad H5D-50c with the HC 100mm f/2.2 lens and my best friend, the Elinchrom ELB 400 portable flash. I put up a black panel onto the wall with some glue stick to minimize the white reflection from the surface. For the background behind each subjects head, I used a small shirt from a woman in the studio.

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My style of shooting portraits is all about being quick. All the photos in this post were shot in less than 2 minutes. Time was of the essence because people were passing through the area all the time.

In the end, it was a fun challenge for both me and the subjects I photographed. It’s good to sometimes step out of your comfort zone, right?


About the author: Philippe Echaroux is a French celebrity photographer. You can find more of his work on his website, Instagram, and Facebook.

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