Here’s a recent shot from a personal shoot. Whenever time allows I setup shoots like these simply to work on my lighting. My home studio is not a huge space so there are only so many ways you can set up the lighting. Experimenting with new lighting techniques on my personal shoots translates to more options I can provide for my clients in real shoots. Yes this even pertains to natural lighting as well, I’ll explain.
I used three monolights here. The key light is a beauty dish from above, a rear kicker light camera left, and finally a background light. Everything is gridded to control light spill. By placing these lights where I want them to light my subject I can substitute my light sources whenever I’m outside the studio. For example, one of my favorite things to do is use the sun as a backlight and finding other natural reflectors to fill my subjects. Of course I couldn’t have pulled this one off without the help of my model K and her awesome posing. Thanks K!