Hi and welcome back.
I’m always on the lookout for new ways to light my clients. While I may never use a particular setup, I keep trying new things to improve my work and add new ideas to my repertoire. When I teach my workshops and classes, I stress to my students that you may never use a particular technique, but it is always good to experience it so that it now exists in the back of your mind.
I found this lighting technique on the Profoto blog one afternoon and decided to try it. I don’t own all the gear that they used, but I achieved the same look with what I had.
I liked how the light was contrasty and smooth without using a hard source, like a ring light, which can be obtrusive on the camera and harsh on the subject as each blast of light is bright and unforgiving.
Here’s my setup:
3 Hensel Integra 500’s
2 1×4 strip softboxes
1 16×18 softbox
2 Matthews 40″ C-Stands with Hollywood Grip Arms
1 older Impact 8′ lightstand
This is a different take on the ring light. I liked the overall output and quality of light from the setup; however, I think a 3 or 4 foot strip soft box would do better as the bottom light.
Here’s a straight-out-of-the-camera proof, showing the catchlights and how the light is soft, filling, and has that beautiful contrast of a ring light without its harshness and telltale round catchlight.
I enjoyed practicing with this light setup as it is really a unique take on the traditional over and under beauty light setup. It was fun and I would definitely use it on a client who wants that soft, flattering, smooth light.
Keep trying new techniques. You never know, you may just find a new method to add to your lighting repertoire or even take a hint from one technique and use it with another.
That’s it for now. Till next time, keep it new and fresh!