This lighting set up achieves sharp light and shade contrasts with a dark background, helping the subject really ‘pop’.
1. Beauty Dish as key light – (Yes I love beauty dishes)! Placed almost completely to the side of Lara our model, you can see how it’s creating a lovely light on one side of her face, and throwing deliciously deep shadows on the opposite side of her nose and face. I love these sharp contours that accentuate Lara’s face, and help bring out the depth of shimmer in the make up and jewellery.
2. Small snoot as hair light – since we had jewels in Lara’s hair, a small snoot sitting behind her at a lower output than the key light helped provide a glint in the hair accessories. Without this light, the accessories looked a little flat.
3. Camera settings – Shutter speed 1/125, aperture f5.6, ISO 100.