PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE: What Do You Need Most for Perfect Fine Art Portrait Photography?

PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE: What Do You Need Most for Perfect Fine Art Portrait Photography?


We always looking for techniques to do fine art portrait photoshoot. How to shoot beautiful fine art portraits? What you need most for a perfect Fine Art Portrait Photoshoot? If you also want fine art portrait photoshoot as those images from Vanity Fair or Annie Leibovitz, sometimes the only thing you lack is a Hand-painted Canvas Backdrop.

Want to level up your portrait RIGHT NOW? This video will show you why you need hand-painted backdrops most for perfect fine art portrait photography. Follow the step-by-step guide, with special photoshoot techniques, you will find how this can be so easy to achieve a beautiful, professional fine art portrait photoshoot in just Seconds, even without the highest level of perception and professional skills

Jiggie Alejandrino, the portrait & wedding photographer we introduced before, brings about new lighting tutorial this week. He’s the Sony Ph Brand Ambassador, the Zeiss Camera Lens Ambassador, and regarded as one of the most reputable lighting specialists.

In today's video, Jiggie will show you why a hand-painted backdrop can be the most essential thing for a fine art portrait photoshoots. To answer this, Jiggie will show you:

  • Step 1:  Why Choose A Hand-Painted Backdrop?
  • Step 1:  How Light Affects Hand-Painted Backdrop in Fine Art Photography?
  • Step 2:  How It Brings Out The Tonality & Depth of Your Photoshoot?

Do what Jiggie dose in the video step by step, and he will show you what exactly each flash is doing.

For this photoshoot, first you basically need:

  • Sony F60RM(x2)
  • DesView Monitor(gives fantastic color)
  • TriggerSony Wireless Radio Commander (FA-WRC1M)(control both flash units)
  • MagMod MagBox

Follow the setup in the video step by step, and next Jiggie’s going to show you how it reacts to light through a demo shoot. Once you pop a light to it, you're able to see the texture, depth and tonality that no other backdrop can give, except for hand-painted ones.

With Jiggie’s particular photoshoot techniques, you will see, shooting really nice fine art portrait photos with a hand-painted backdrops can be so easy! To detail the answer, Jiggie shows 3 features that discriminate custom hand-painted canvas backdrops by katebackdrops from others:

  • COST

This particular backdrop is 5’ x 7’ but and it cost a relatively affordable price of two hundred dollars but it is well worth it because of its uniqueness. Hand painted means that every single backdrop from Katebackdrop is customized. Imagine that 200 for a customized backdrop just for you.


It’s only 5’ x 7’, which is actually a perfect size for portrait photography. It's so portable, easy to store, and very easy to remove.


It's very easy to put together this i'll show you guys how I actually put this together it's so simple. All you need are just an ordinary backdrop holder & a few Clips.

It's relatively affordable, it's very easy to transport and to put together and back away, and lastly it gives you that amazing depth, the tonality and the texture, that you cannot find in any other.

Regarding the backdrops, Jiggie chose a 5x7ft Kate Abstract Texture Cold Tones of Green and Grey Hand-painted Canvas Backdrop, which is completely well qualified for the job.

For More Inspirations: Kate Hand-Painted Collections

Jiggie also choose a Kate Dark Wood Barn Rubber Floor Mat to match with the background.

For More Inspirations: Kate Rubber Floor Collections

Read More Resources: Handbook of Photography Backdrop

This is an exercise that you can do with basic equipments & studio space. Hope you can enjoy this video, and get some inspirations on lighting your own portrait photography.

In the other video, Jiggie will detail his entire thought process and all the settings and everything you need to know on how he shot this particular image. If you want to know all the technical aspects of this shoot, please check: LIGHTING HELP: Start Using Speedlights as Off Camera Flash for Your Studio Photoshoot Today!


Equipment used:

Camera: Sony A7R MarkIV -

Lens: 24-70 2.8GM -

Flash: Sony F60RM -

Trigger: Sony Wireless Radio Commander (FA-WRC1M) -

MagMod MagBox -

DesView Monitor -

Hollyland MarsX -


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Jiggie Alejandrino

a portrait and wedding photographer from the Philippines. He’s the Sony Ph Brand Ambassador, the Zeiss Camera Lens Ambassador, the International Phottix Pro Teamer, and the MagMod Philippines Brand Ambassador. He's and considered to be one of the most reputable lighting specialists in the Philippines, conducting workshops nationwide and have been featured in various photography magazines. I was also a multi-awarded portrait and advertising photographer. You can learn more about him in his Youtube Channel & his website!


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