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Hi and welcome back.

Last week Ely came in for a headshot sitting.  When I took one look at her, I decided to go for over and under lighting to highlight her amazing look.

For this shot, I did something a bit different.  I took my 1×4 strip soft box, turned it sideways, and lit her hair and shoulders very lightly with some edge light.  This worked just as well as a dedicated grid or gridded soft box.

If you have a long soft box, use the edge of it to light the hair and shoulders by turning it sideways.  You can get 2′ of soft box into the setup without getting the box or light stand into the frame.

Nikon D3, 105 f/2 lens

Profoto Acute 600e.

Key: 2×3 soft box with California Sunbounce Micro Mini as fill

Hair and shoulder: 1×4 strip box on edge

Background: 20 degree grid with 2, 1 stop neutral density gels to bring down the output

Pack and head systems of lighting typically have the key and fill lights separated by 1 stop, but if you need to decrease output, then neutral density gels are the way to go as you can add or subtract as needed.

I get mine here: Barn Door Lighting

Here’s a BTS of the setup:



And here’s a final from the day:


This was an amazing shoot.  Not only because of Ely, but because I found a new way to use an existing piece of gear in a different way.

That’s it for now.  Till next time, happy lighting!