I did a shoot back in February for one of my regular clients that was more fashion oriented. It was a 3-day shoot here in Montreal at the Blah Blah Studio.
The most important thing was to have consistent lighting throughout the 3 days since the chosen photos would be used for both the cover and chapter openers. Continuity was the key.
So we spent roughly 30 minutes testing various lighting setups. From simple one light to more complex with up to 5 lights. At the end we went with one of the most standard setups around. A simple 2-light setup. Have a look at the diagram…
Both lights were set at roughly 45 degrees about 3 feet away and about a foot above the models’ heads. I put the strobe slightly above their heads to create a small shadow underneath the chin. Both strobes had a 2 x 3 softbox for a soft diffused look. The key for my client was to eliminate as much shadows as possible. So this setup was ideal. My Nikon D300s was set at 1/200 sec at f9 and ISO 100. For this setup, both 400w strobes were at 50% power.
So there you have it! Sometimes it really doesn’t have to be complicated.
Here are a few sample shots from the photo shoot. Note that, a part from a slight curves adjustment in Lightroom, these images haven’t been retouched as of yet so they’re pretty much straight from the camera.