Philip Vukelich Headshot 9/24 Photo of the Day selected by: Rebecca Britt This was from a recent headshot session. I was playing with getting a steep light falloff so that the farther parts of her face became rapidly darker. The background is actually pure white seamless. NIKON D800 200mm · f/2.8 · 1/250s · ISO 100Product headshot Portrait people model falloff Studio 8 Comments Randy Budd - September 24, 2014 How do you actually get that kind of falloff? I like it. Philip Vukelich Randy Budd - September 24, 2014 You need the lights really close to your subject. The falloff occurs due to the inverse square law — things closer to the light get more light flux, things farther from the light get less light flux. Only this has to be really pronounced to see the effect from the front of the subject's face to the back. I also pointed the lights almost at each other so the "focal point" (not actually a focal point... more the convergence point or something?) was in front of the subject. Randy Budd Philip Vukelich - September 24, 2014 Then that means to get that wonderful shallow DOF, the lights have to be at a fairly low power??? Philip Vukelich Randy Budd - September 25, 2014 Yep, the lights were set pretty low and I tried to cut out as much ambient light as possible by turning the lights in the room off. Cory Cullington - September 26, 2014 Very curious what your light setup was. Great image! Thanks for the post! Philip Vukelich Cory Cullington - September 29, 2014 This was with a softbox and stripbox (why? because I don't have two of the same thing) pointed almost at each other — so the light converges in front of the subject — placed very close to the subject with the camera shooting between them. That way there is quite a bit of falloff, but still a very soft overall light. I need to remember to take photos of my lighting setups for the future. That way I could just post a photo of the setup. Follow my work and next time I'll get that for you! TImothy Tichy - November 17, 2014 Just came across this while looking at product shots of all things. Excellent lighting. Philip Vukelich TImothy Tichy - November 17, 2014 Thanks Timothy!