Setup diagram - beauty dish basic portrait
Setup for very simple corporate/business portraits.
I shoot a lot of portraits for different companies every now and then and have been trying to find a good, basic setup to start from, thats works for almost every face and in small places. This is the result, and I like it very much. The main light is a simple beauty dish (but could probably be an umbrella). The rim light, that also acts as a background light, comes from a medium softbox angled along the background (see blog for more details and photos).
Converted from RAW in Nikon Capture NX2 (for the skin tones), added some contrast with a Gradient Map in Photoshop and removed some small stuff. Converted to black and white in Lightroom and cropped there as well.
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