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I was asked to post how this and the other portraits on this page have been lit:


The lighting here was a bit more sophisticated than I usually use: I had one Elinchrome llight on the background and one softbox at a 45 degree angle from the front. I also had a Sony light on a tripod with a snoot as a hair light which came from the right and slightly behind the person. I finally put another Sony flash with slave trigger and one of the little softboxes attached on a stand from the front to the other side of the camera off the big softbox. So soft box from one side and little flash with softbox from the other. Ratios are simply controlled by distance. The only problem that I have when setting up like this is that the light is so powerful that I can never shoot with wider apertures. I need to use f14 at least- even when all lights are powered down. Background is a white sheet of linen.


All shots with Sony A900; CZ 85mm f1.4; RAW; ISO100; f14; converted in ACR; pped in Photshop CS4.

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Taken on November 10, 2009