Beauty can be a lot of fun to shoot and it’s fun to find different ways to light a face in a flattering way. We might not be perfect in real life, but on camera? On camera we can be as perfect as the lighting setup and editing allows us to be! Magic? No. We still need gorgeous models but a great setup certainly helps.
For this shoot the setup was done using the exact same equipment as one of my previous beauty articles. Big soft light is always flattering so it's an easy go-to choice for beauty. Only models with near perfect skin would I attempt to shoot beauty with hard light! The octa also provides beautiful circular catch lights. I placed a reflector on her side to lighten the shadows a little but I made sure it wasn't too close cuh that it flattens out the lighting. The makeup artist was also told to give a slightly more dewy makeup so the highlights on her skin popped more.
- Canon 5D Mark II
- Canon 85mm f/1.8
- Profoto 5-foot Octa Softbox
- Profoto 8A and Pro Heads
- Silver Reflector
This lighting setup is fairly similar to the clam shell lighting I showed in my previous article where the model is between two light sources. One of them is an octa and the other is a reflector. Do note that for this image, I did not use the external diffuser and only used the internal diffuser as the image was a little too soft for me.
Generally when it comes to beauty retouching, it can be quite intensive as people are not perfect, especially at 200 percent. This time around I got a professional retoucher Mariia Konovalova to help out with the editing.
Let me know what you think and if you have any questions!