The initial brief was to follow the parent company’s style, but looking at their imagery I felt it was too edgy for a mainstream department store product in the UK. My first task was to steer the client into a brief that would be both acceptable to them and accepted as tasteful in the UK. I also needed a brief that a top leg model would be happy to shoot. Thankfully the client allowed me to do this.
The look I wanted was to have the stockings and tights glow against the black background. I wanted good definition to the outline and a very smooth appearance, while also keeping the highlights and texture.
The lighting set up was three large softboxes around the model, pointing back towards the camera. These were flagged from the lens with black poly boards to avoid any flaring or light spill. To that I added another light aimed at the rest of the studio which I used to control the shadow detail. For the tights I also had reflector with a wide grid aimed towards the top of the legs to bring up a few highlights. Both images were taken on a Canon 1Ds Mk2 with a 70-200 lens.
For something like this getting the right model is paramount and thankfully the client trusted my judgement. I’d worked with this girl previously and she worked brilliantly with no complaints, despite having to hold painful poses for hours and wearing ill fitting shoes no one could ever hope to walk in.
Some things you ask models to do can be a bit embarrassing, less than glamourous, unflattering and unduly revealing, but these days that is what Photoshop is for.
Both of these images had a reasonable amount of work on them, as one would expect. The result, though, was a very happy client.
Andre Regini is a commercial and advertising photographer experienced at compiling both simple and complex productions generating images for major advertising campaigns to local PR. He has worked across the UK and abroad for a client list that includes Toshiba, Microsoft and Lloyds of London.
Andre has been taking photographs since he was given his first camera at the age of seven, he won his first photography competition at 10. In 2003 he bought one of the first Canon 1Ds Mk1 cameras sold in the UK.
Photographer since 1998. EPUK member since 2010.
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