As a headshot and portrait photographer, I'm always looking to streamline my process and create consistent results for my clients. With that in mind I want to share with you my "bread and butter," super-simple setup I've been using for the last two years.
The setup described in the video centers around the use of a product made by my friends over at Savage called "Translum." It's a translucent backdrop that can be lit from behind with just a single light to easily create a white background. Prior to finding this product I would end up using at least two lights with modifiers to create the white background look. Since a lot of my headshot work requires me to go to a client's location and setup my "studio," minimizing the amount of gear I had to take was quite welcome. The basics of it is to light the Translum backdrop from behind with a light, center your light overhead in front of your subject, and add fill from beneath if you need it. The closer you position your subject to the background you also get the added benefit of getting a nice edge light effect which can add some additional depth to your image.
Here are some examples of corporate headshots I've done in the past using the same setup.
If you end up using this setup I'd love to see your results in the comment section below!