Four light sources (and one reflector) for portraits that pop

I am taking advantage of the new large gridded softbbox and I have slightly complicated the light scheme that I have described here. The simple yet effective modifications are:

  • Added a flashgun, placed on the floor, between the subject and the backdrop, pointing at the latter, aiming high. This was trigged by a simple photocell shoe.
  • Added a silver circular reflector, angled 45 degrees, between the camera and the subject, to reflect back some of the light coming from the softboxes
  • Raised (up) and angled (down) a little the two gridded Rotalux.
  • Removed the white diffusing cloth from the beauty dish.

You can see the effects of the changes in the bright halo around the subject and in a stronger rim light, especially around the hair.


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