I spent some time yesterday with a couple young men in the studio. My goal going in was to shoot them with serious expressions against a dark background.
In today’s image of Ryan taken during the session, I used a cross lighting type setup (diagram below). The arrangement consisted of a of a softbox camera left lighting the model’s right side and a second softbox on the opposite side of the model lighting his back and left side.
I like the results achieved. If I were to do the shoot again, I would lower the power on the back light a small amount. Even though the detail was retained on the side of Ryan’s face in the original image, I lost detail and blew out the highlights a bit in processing.
Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/4.5, ISO 100