This photo was taken as part of a photoshoot for the Visit Kiev Ukraine tourism website. The location is a wooden stairway at Pechersk Lavra, an Orthodox Christian monastery in the Pechersk area of Kiev.
- Camera: ILCE-7RM2
- Focal length: 28mm
- Flash fired: yes
- Shutter speed: 1/50s
- Aperture: ƒ/5.6
- ISO: 160
The stairway is covered and quite a dark area. Off-camera flash was used; a Godox AD200 with a Godox AD-S7 soft box and diffuser attached. The picture was taken with a Sony A7RII camera in manual mode.
Basic adjustments were made in Lightroom (exposure increased by one stop and shadows recovered). Adjustments in Photoshop included skin retouching (frequency separation), eye whitening, and dodging and burning to emphasize facial features.
Model Elena was wearing intense red lipstick and this was toned down a little using a hue/saturation adjustment layer.
Postprocessing was carried out in Exposure X2. A Kodak Gold 100 film emulation preset was applied.
Pechersk Lavra and the surrounding area is shown in the map below.
Photography: David Mottershead