Creating both mood and contrast using a one light set up.
Creating mood and contrast in your studio fashion images is not as difficult as you may think.
As with most, if not all of my fashion lighting sets ups, I keep it simple but effective. A simple set up using one flash head, a small octa-lite or small soft box or a beauty dish can give you amazingly results. (for the more observant readers, I have flipped the left hand image to make a better balance of the images, hence her face being lit from the left when my lighting is from the right)
For the images above I had a 500 watt Profoto head with a 1mtr octa lite with out the front diffuser to give the light a crisp edge and keeping the inner diffuser attached.
The head was set up slightly higher than my models head position to the side, as close to her as I could get it without it being in the frame.
The back ground is a white back drop c 6 to 8 feet behind my model. Its dark because of the light of the flash head is falling off over the distance to the back drop in relation to the model. (the inverse square law) A little light falling onto the background and the shadow of the model creates a nice separation between the back ground and the model.
Either side of my model I have 2, 8ft x 4ft black poly boards taped together to create L’s, these are to block any of the light from my flash head bouncing off the studio walls onto my model reducing the contrast of my light hitting my model. Why not try this set up for yourself and send me your images results to firstname.lastname@example.org and ill give you my thoughts about them.
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 17mm to 55mm f2.8
Shutter: 125th sec
by Bruce Smith Photography Academy