In this simple lighting tutorial, I discuss how to create a soft and dramatic image by placing my light overhead.
About two years ago, I released a video on YouTube showing three ways to use a Parabolic Softbox and it is still one of my favorite lighting modifiers for portraits. Because a parabolic softbox, like the Phottix Para in the video above, is a large form of light with a lot of depth, it provides a lot more control over light compared to something like a shallow reflective umbrella.
Having that extra control allows me to accurately pinpoint the angle that I'd like to place my light in order to create subtle tones in my image. By using a 1-stop inner and 1-stop outer diffusion material, I can then soften the overall quality of light overall, leaving me with a very directional, but soft, light source that I can position as necessary.
In the video above, I show you a simple setup that you can use to create a very soft and dramatic portrait, by being particular with the placement of your light.