This was an outtake from a beauty
editorial shot over the summer for
While we needed to shoot in a studio,
I wanted to keep the feel of sunlight, so
I used a smaller, directional light source
placed above the model, pointing down. I
also tacked on a snoot that I had never used
before and figured it would likely do the
job—better than any of my other modifiers.
To place a recognizable shadow across both
the model and background, we placed the
model about 3 feet from the seamless. I had
someone hold a palm frond between the light
and the model, constantly moving it until I
saw the shadow I wanted.
Dealing with the model’s shadow on
the backdrop was a challenge, too. I knew I
couldn’t light the background, as that would
kill the shadow effect, so instead I shot from
slightly below and framed the shot to crop
out as much of her shadow as possible.
CAMERA: Canon 5D Mark III LENS: 100mm Macro EXPOSURE: f/11 at 1/160th
100 LIGHTING: Dynalite head with snoot
to the light