ConceptThis image is the result of a test shoot I put together to collaborate with a few new freelance artists. The concept for this shoot is fairly simple on the surface. Clean, simplistic, beauty. With this kind of image, the details are very important because there isn’t an elaborate concept to draw your attention. It is extremely important to establish a connection with your model to capture the expression and mood that you want in your final image(s). Additionally, hair/makeup/retouching are key elements. I pull together test shoots like this to work with new artists whenever I can.
Setup, Lighting, and Gear UsedProper lighting is essential when creating beauty images. While there is no set way to do things I believe the lighting should complement the overall mood of the image. For this shot, I used 5 Profoto D1/D2 heads with a variety of modifiers. Our first main light modifier was a beauty dish with grid and diffusion. The second main light was a gridded strip box under the beauty dish, a “clamshell lighting” setup. The last light hitting our subject was an overhead fill which was a 7’ Westcott umbrella (silver) with diffusion. Finally, I used two background lights, one with spot grid to create a small bright spot right behind our subject and another with a small umbrella and diffusion to fill and brighten the background overall. Additional gear used for this shot:
- Canon 5DS w/ 100mm L Macro lens
- Profoto Air Remote TTL-C
- Tether Tools USB 3.0 cable with Tetherboost Pro.
- Tether Tools JerkStopper A Clamp (This has saved me from jerking my cable out of my computer many times)
- MacBook Pro running Capture One Pro