Craig McDean knocked it out of the park again for the May issue of Vanity Fair. I mean, I doubt a bad picture of Scarlett Johannson exists in the first place but he did an awesome job as per usual. Vanity Fair has taken to creating beautiful behind the scenes videos to accompany their covers lately and this is my new favorite. The video is beautiful. Granted, it's a little difficult to see exactly what is being used as far as lighting goes, but we can still figure out a few things. For one, the images are obviously heavily back lit by the giant window. Add to that a couple of reflectors to control the light and what appears to be a white balanced hot-light for fill and there you have it.
More proof that you don't need complicated setups to create beautiful images.
Having Scarlett Johannson around would help a bit though I'm sure