Studio Head Shots With Scarlett -

I wanted to try a new lighting technique in this shoot. I wanted to try a new and different style of lighting with only two lights ( strobe and a speed light. I am still relatively new to shooting with studio lights, however, I wanted to try and shoot some shallow depth of field headshots at >F/2.5 with just the eyes sharp and the rest of the image falling away.

- The Model - 

- Quick Tip -

When lighting a model, try and avoid long shadows across the face as it can distort the face. Keep your shadows soft and if you can fill them in with a reflector to get a nicer look.

I shot a two light set up for this shoot, My key light was a Godox DE300 strobe with a beauty dish and a honeycomb grid up in front of the model and I placed my fill light (Speedlight) light on the floor in front of the model to fill in some of the shadows formed under her nose and neck.

I found that when shooting at F/2.5 and lower it is so easy to move and miss focus off of the eyes. When shooting that low of an aperture you have such a thin line of focus that even things like the model breathing or any camera movement could throw it out of focus. If I was to shoot again next time I would definitely use a tripod.

- The Final Shots -

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Studio Strobe Light Shoot

I recently was looking for something that would take my portraits to the next level as I have usually only shot my portrait shots with natural light and a reflector. I invested in a basic studio light ( Bowens DE300 and a 42cm Bowens beauty dish )l so that I could learn more about portraiture in studio and lighting techniques. 

- The First Shoot - 

After playing around a bit with the light and getting used to setting it up, I wanted to use it in a real world situation so that I could try different techniques and lighting to learn more about studio strobes and beauty lighting techniques. I have shot once before with studio lights over the summer and I instantly fell in love there are so many ways you can change the mood and look of a shot just one light that the creative possibilities are endless

- The Model -

- Quick Tip! -

Key light = the main source of light usually frontal or to the side.

Fill = A light that is used to fill in shadows usually created by the key light.

Hair/Key light = A light that is used to define the edges of the face or hair separating the from the model and the background.


I shot the majority of the shoot with two lights and a fill. the key light being the strobe with a beauty dish  a speed light as my rim light that I used to define the model's cheek bones and jaw line and then my fill was 32' white soft reflector.

I tried quite a few different lighting techniques the main one having the beauty dish above and behind me looking down on the model with my reflector as fill in the shadows under the nose and  neck.

This is a technique that works really well with the beauty dish because of the definition that the light gives on the model's face. With a soft white reflector as a fill light, the shadows from the beauty dish are not as harsh giving a classic beauty look. You can see in this comparison gallery the difference of the shadows n the nose when the light is placed above and at 45 degrees.

I then placed a Speed light on a tripod behind Amy to try and really define her cheekbones and separate her from the backdrop.



Below is a gallery of some of the final shots from the shoot with Amy, I am looking forward to doing more shoots with strobe lights in the future and showing you guys the results. Stay Tuned!

- The Final Shots -

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