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Simple lighting for pretty face close ups.

An assignment of a pretty face for a digital skin care product was an easy setup and just as easy to shoot.


To build this assignment, first I needed parameters from the client and these of course changed a few times. Always try to gather as much information before hiring models or spending any money on expenses.  If the client changes their mind, it doesn’t matter because the client is always right.  

Look closely at the models eyes. You can see reflections of the tow soft boxes. You can always tell what type of light was used if you can see the model's eyes.


This assignment needed a 9’ white seamless background, two 3 x 4 soft boxes and an 2000 wt studio strobe power pack. I placed the two soft boxes as close to the model as possible and did a few test shots. I notices slight shadows on her face so I added a 3 x 4 white fill card below.  Each soft box was powered by 400 wt. I used my Canon 5D Mk 4 with a 70-200 f 2.8 zoom with an ISO of 100.  My exposure was 1/250th of a second at f 8.

I shoot raw and jpgs. I manipulate the best raw images in Photoshop but always send all the jpgs to the client.


The results speak for them selves. Everyone was happy with the results and that’s what your after.


Gear list:

1)         9’ white seamless backgrounds paper

2)         Background stand

3)         Two 3 x 4 chimera soft boxes

4)         Two large light stands

5)         One Norman 2000wt power pack

6)         Two LH200 heads

7)         Canon 5D MK 4

8)         Canon 70-200 f2.8 zoom lens

9)         3 x 4 white bounce card on a short C-stand

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