Before I start, I have to admit that this is more of a post for personal reference than an in depth tutorial really but if there's any hints and tips to be picked out of the setup then by all means help yourself.
Firstly, I'd like to thank Jenny for being a great model, and a patient one at that! Standing in front of the lights for an eternity while I messed with the lighting setup was a big ask, and partly why I prefer being behind the lens!
I've posted the lighting set up below. This diagram was drawn using a PS template by Kevin Kertz so thanks to him. The shoot took place in a normal white room, no special backdrops were used. In hindsight the four white walls and white ceiling made it hard to control light from bouncing around the room - not so much a problem for the fill light (top right of subject) but made the contrast from the key light (left of subject) a little less than anticipated.
Key Light - Canon Speedlite 430EXII - 24mm, 1/4 Power - 6 foot stand with 42'' silver beauty dish with grid
Fill Light - Yongnuo YN560III - 24mm, 1/16 Power - 7 foot stand with shoot through umbrella
Hair/ Back Light - Canon Speedlite 430EXII - 14mm (diffused), 1/16 Power - 4 foot stand
Triggers - Yongnuo RF-603
Camera - Canon EOS 7D
Lens - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
It didn't take too long for Jenny to get comfortable and without much input from me we were getting some quite natural looking studio style portraits... a selection can be seen throughout this blog.
The Cover Photo
So I'll have to admit here that while this shoot was ultimately for Jenny to get some professional looking head shots to use in her own portfolio I did have another motive. I wanted to get something worth posting over at my main site, a prop to hand was a vintage Canon AV-1 so this stood in well for added subject matter. I added a little bit of post processing to give the photo that warm vintage style look and a little airbrush work to smooth out the skin, background and hair slightly. Here we have it...
...just point and shoot