Studio photography is a time-honored affair, but we realize it can be a bit intimidating. Great photographers like Irving Penn and Albert Watson were masters in the studio, and the current generation of shooters owe much to their pioneering work.
One of our favorite photographer duos Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin create simple, elegant and iconic imagery using minimal sets to explore the beauty of light. By limiting background details, the viewer is focused more on the pose, the clothing, the model's attitude, and the interplay of light and shadow.
In our class Field Guide IV: The Studio, students learn several beautifully simple lighting setups that can make people and objects look amazing. Learn how to use both continuous lights and strobes to shoot tabletop and portrait shots, mimic natural light, and capture a mood. Check out these shots from the last session (click to enlarge):