Shooting a One Light Headshot

cat1I recently received a Savage Translum background that looks like frosted glass and is available in rolls of 54-inches wide by 18 feet. Translum is made from Mylar and can be framed or hung on a background stand like the Savage Economy Background kit I used for a session with an aspiring model.

For this casual portrait I placed a 24×32-inch softbox at camera right and close to the subject. Then I placed a small, circular silver reflector atop a Savage Air Flow Tech Table that the subject was leaning on to kick light back under the subject’s chin and add to the overall soft look of the portrait. To be fair, there was a second light placed behind the Translum background but if I used a solid color background, only one light would have been required.

Cat2To make the portrait I used a Panasonic Lumix GH4 with Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 lens and an exposure of 1/100 sec at f/2.8 and ISO 800. Both light were Westcott D5 fluorescent lights, which explains. You can read a detailed review of Westcott’s Two-Light (fluorescent) Daylight D5 Softbox Kit in the September issue of Shutterbug magazine, which will be subscriber’s mailboxes or on newsstands soon.

Author: Joe Farace

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