Another test shoot was arranged through PRM models, Brazilian model Tainá Duarte, briefed from PRM for some clean studio portraits; fashionable, current head and body shots came to my studio. On the day, having great weather we shoot some location images at the beach as well. Tainá is a very experienced model with already a really diverse portfolio.
The lighting setup for the first look (shown in the diagram below) . The main light was a Elinchrom D-lite 4it fitted with a 44cm white Elinchrom beauty dish, pulled back from the model this gives a really nice contrasty look and harder shadows. This probably wouldn’t be something I would recommend to a model with poor skin as it does accentuate imperfections. The 2nd Elicnhrom D-lite 2 is positioned under the main light with a standard portalite soft box, this was used to fill in the shadows and lower the contrast of the overall image.
The 3rd/4th lights were 2 Elinchrom D-lite 2‘s also with the standard Portalite softboxes attached. Pointed at the background on high power they were lighting the background just under 2 stops of light brighter than the main/key light.
Using a white V-flat reflector on models left fills in the shadows on the face opposite to the main/key light, also allowing the model to be more free with posing without running the risk of losing facial features in shadow when turned a certain way.
Shooting at the beach I used the Godox AD600 battery powered strobe with the built in HSS (High Speed Sync) mode. Along with a simple white reflector this helped even the light on the models face without overexposing the background. Using the sun as a natural backlight this gives a really pleasing halo around the model.
Edited/retouched in post using Adobe Photoshop CC 2017