Tuesday, December 29, 2009
For starters, I always shoot with the same make-up artist because this helps me to be consistent. I am extremely lucky because my make-up artist will also assist in other areas, such as holding reflectors, and helping the models with their posture, etc. For this shoot, I hired my trusty make-up artist, 5 models, and rented a conference room for a business shoot. I was unable to get a photographer's assistant for the day, and after going through all the trouble of getting the models scheduled, I decided to go ahead with the shoot without one. This always makes life hard.
After loading all of the gear into the conference room and getting the lights set, the first obstacle was positioning the lights so they didn't show any reflection in the glass, see image above. I accomplished this by putting the softboxes on the sides of the room, shooting straight toward the model, or in other words, complete side lighting. This worked great for wrap-around lighting, but left the front of the model a bit flat. In the image above, you can see the lighting on both sides of the model's forehead, but the front of the model needed just a touch of light. This was accomplished by a silver reflector down low and in front of the model.