What Happens When 3 Photographers Shoot the Same Model in the Same Light?

Jessica Kobeissi, Ruby James, and Irene Rudynk are three photographers who use similar equipment. Here, they’re challenged to photograph the same model under the same lighting conditions. With so much in common you’d think they might come up with similar looking shots. Not quite:

  • Kobeissi used a Canon 5D Mark III paired with a 50mm f/1.2 lens.
  • James used a 5D Mark II with an 85mm f/1.2 lens.
  • Rudynk used two lenses interchangeably; she paired her 5D Mark III with an 85mm f/1.2 lens and a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens.

Each photographer got to select styling and location once. And each had five minutes to shoot her photos. These are what the three photographers came up with using the first location and styling.

three photographers three different results

Setting One

three photographers shooting the same model

Setting Two

Each round was different and they had their own challenges to overcome. Each photographer tried something new with the choices they had.

three photographers different styles

Setting Three

Three locations, three photographers, one model, and very similar equipment—yet they got different results.

So, whose work did you like the most?

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One response to “What Happens When 3 Photographers Shoot the Same Model in the Same Light?”

  1. Charlotte says:

    For sitting #1. Jessica in my opinion you have the winning shot – Because you can see the model clearly, there are no distractions, and the orientation of the camera suites the position of the model; However, Ruby – yours is a very close second. Although the models hair acts as a veil, and what I like about your image negates my previous statement about seeing her clearly, the shot was tight enough that you could still see her features, and her face is the only focal point. Irene – your image is a power shot for sure; However, the glitters reflection simple took away from the over all look. I think I would prefer to see the speckles of light anywhere else, except on her face. They are all terrific though.

    For sitting #2. The second sitting is an even tighter tie. Ruby – your image is a perfect glam portrait, and Irene – yours is a perfect fashion modeling shot. The orientation, depth of field, and the utilization of negative space is perfect for both of them in their respective ways, and is what makes them tie for winner in my opinion. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like yours Jessica, because I do. You break the rules just a little bit, and make it work. your image gives off a tough, strong presence, reminiscent of a good armature’s street photography, of young adult life. Great Job Girls!

    For Sitting #3. They are all beautiful and unique in their own ways, but this time there was only one winner for this session’s competition – Irene, you kept the shot simple and to the point, which is the models face. I love how you kept the image interesting with the use of framing of natural surroundings, the color, and portrait’s portions. Ruby – Upon examination of your image, I can see that you’re trying to give the feeling of delicacy, like the flowers. However, the lens-flare, and the amount of head space takes away from your shot, thus putting you in second place. Jessica – I feel as though this image is cold and unwelcoming. The model is a beautiful girl, but in this pose, she appears to be closed off and defensive. A more open and freeing pose would have been more appropriate; especially since it appears to be a bridal shot. I love your image’s proportions, angel, and DOF, but a warmer tone would have been a better choice for this particular theme. Over all, all four of you girls have skills, and the ability to take stunning photos.

    Azizi – Apart from being a beautiful modeling chameleon, your posing game is on point. I hope you make it far, if modeling is what you want to pursue, and I wish you the best of luck.

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