One of the many photography blogs I follow is that of Colorado photographer David Tejada. David specializes in annual report photography and has a blog that details many of his assignments. The great part about the blog is that he frequently posts video overviews of his shoots.
One of his recent videos was a time-lapse presentation of an assignment doing corporate headshots. In the video, he places a large softbox directly to the right side aiming across the front of of the subject and then fills the opposite side with a reflector. Here is the video:
I really liked the result of the simple lighting setup and though I used a similar setup in my previous photographic life, I hadn’t done so in many years – until recently.
Today’s image of a young man in business attire is from a recent stock session in which I used this lighting arrangement. I opted for a complete black background to make the Junior Executive stand out in his white shirt and power tie. One other shoot that I used a variation of this lighting on was another stock shoot of a young man in a graduation cap and gown.
As you can see, this lighting setup is extremely simple and very effective. It definitely works well in both my stock and portrait work.
Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/80 second, f/10, ISO 100