Editorial Portrait at Evan’s Hairstyling School

It was a really fun project working with the Evan’s Hairstyling School. I receive this project while I was the lead photographer for Soapbox Agency. I was challenged to create 10 editorial portraits which will be printed 36×24″ to replace their current prints. I was in charge of finding models, assistants, studio setup, as well as wardrobe. As always, I love working with Tess, she is my go to model here in Rexburg. And my Key Grip, Max, on film set was my first male model. In this blog, I will talk about some settings that I used to create these series of editorial prints.

The first image that I did with Tess was a simple loop lighting set up with a reflector fill on the left side and a background light.

  • Camera: 5D Mark IV
  • Lens: Sigma 70-200
  • (f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO100)

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This one uses the same setting as before but changing her to a profile side.

  • Camera: 5D Mark IV
  • Lens: Sigma 70-200
  • (f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO100)

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This one is my favourite from Part 1 photoshoot. I used a big softbox on the right side as my keylight and a smaller one on the left as a very small fill. Adding a little bit of hairlight from the bottom left side and another light as the background light.

  • Camera: 5D Mark IV
  • Lens: Sigma 70-200
  • (f/7.1, 1/640s, ISO100)

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The last image from part one is a very standard beauty lighting setup called the clamshell lighting I used two beauty dishes from the same angle which you can see the reflection from his eyes. One at the top 45 degree down and the other one at the bottom 45 degree up with a much smaller power ratio. This kind of portrait create perfect highlight on the hair and cheek bone but also brings enough details to the shadow parts.

  • Camera: 5D Mark IV
  • Lens: Sigma 70-200
  • (f/7.1, 1/640s, ISO100)

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I learned a lot of my beauty lighting theory and retouching from Lindsay Adler. She is a famous fashion photographer based in New York City and a brilliant instructor expertises in beauty and fashion photography.