These Are the Best Camera Settings for Boudoir Photography, According to Michael Sasser

What are the best camera settings for shooting boudoir photos? If anyone has some great advice on that subject, it’s boudoir pro Michael Sasser who answers the question in the below video titled, you guessed it: “The Best Camera Settings for Boudoir Photography.”

“You know what they say, a camera is just a tool and if you don't know how to use it you won't get the results you're looking for,” Sasser says. “In this video, I'm going to show you the camera and exposure settings I use for all of my boudoir photo shoots and a few settings that you can use if the situation calls for it.”

What’s great about Sasser’s boudoir tutorial below is that he explains his settings during a video demo of a boudoir shoot with a model, while a split screen shows what those settings are on his camera via a live feed. For this shoot, he is using a Sony A9 mirrorless camera and a Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 lens.

“The first thing I do, I shoot wide open and what wide open means is the widest your aperture can be. So, in this scenario it’s at 1.4,” Sasser says during the shoot. “Now shutter speed isn’t as important to me. The client isn’t moving as much. I just try and keep that at at least 1/200th of a second, just to ensure there will be no camera shake or motion blur and then I set the ISO accordingly to get my exposure correct. Cameras are nice enough now that you don’t have to really worry about ISO. It’s not going to affect the image that much, so just really worry about your aperture, and your shutter speed so you’re not getting blurry pictures.”

Check the video out below and then go visit Sasser’s great YouTube channel for more boudoir tutorials. You can also see more boudoir how-to stories we have featured on Shutterbug here.