One evening you are on a location shooting some architecture and the other week you are
suddenly doing some model photography at that same location.

What’s the difference between these two disciplines?

I’m not going to try to make an exact description and comparison of these two disciplines in photography, but I’ll give the information based on my own experience and knowledge about these two location shoots that I did.

When I was at Rotterdam NAI to shoot the colored lights at this passage I used my tripod. Of course because I don’t want to cut down on image quality by raising my ISO high enough to get the right shutter speed. Also when doing architecture photography you probably want a large depth of field. So setting your aperture at F1.4 is not really a good idea. Normally a wide angle works well and preferably one with little lens distortion. But in this case at NAI my 50mm (Sigma f1.4) was a better option. I needed a compressed perspective to block out the view on the street and this gave me a nice composition too. I did shoot at the lowest ISO, and for my Sony that’s ISO 100. The aperture was set to F16 that’s high enough to get a good depth of field at 50mm and that is as high as it goes with this lens. I attached my remote control so that I would have no camera movement, the steady shot was set off in the menu. A good exposure would lead to a shutter speed from about 10 secs or more.

Then after this architecture shoot I got connected with this model via Model Mayhem.
Because of my latest experience I suggested to do a model location shoot at this same location at Rotterdam NAI again. It’s quite late that the sun is going down at this time of the year. We did meet at 10:00 pm at the location.

My idea was to light the model from one side but also maintaining some shadow and contrast. So I did set up my HVL58AM flash at the right on a stand and used an umbrella to shoot through. I made some test shots and noticed that the automatic (TTL) mode of the flash was giving to much light. Resulting in too much light on ceiling and ground. I only wanted light going towards the model. So I did set the flash on 1/8 power. My ISO was set to 400, shutter speed 1/50, and aperture F4.5. In this case I needed the lower aperture, the slower shutter speed and higher ISO to get as much as possible of the ambient light. Still I keep the ISO as low as possible in order to get the lowest noise and thus finest quality as possible. Because I used this slow shutter speed I placed my camera on tripod again and also did I put the steady shot to off in the menu. The camera was set off with the remote control, this gives me the possibility of even holding a reflector screen in one hand and releasing the shutter with the other hand.


Adding a model to a location can spice up the whole setting. Things can become more challenging and maybe even a bit tricky because you’ll have to make a good light set up and the question is do you have the right equipment and experience for this to get this right? For me, I work low budget so “No”. I do not have the equipment that I want and need to do things near perfect. I am a experienced, but I only do digital photography seriously since the beginning of 2009.
So others will surely say I am a beginner.