How I Got The Shot: Soft Light Beauty Portraits With The Profoto B10
Creating great images requires more than just luck. The equipment we use and the techniques we apply all make a difference in your final results.
For this shot, I used a two-light set up with a reflector. Before I dive into the set up and equipment, I want to explain my goals for this shot. I was looking to create something elegant and regal, with warm tones and soft shadows. Now that you understand the goals, the how-to will make a little more sense.
Here is the behind the scenes shot.
Camera: Canon EOS-R | Lens: Canon RF 85mm f1.2 | Light: Profoto B10 x 2 | Light Shaping Tools: Profoto 3×4 soft box, Profoto Silver Reflector, Profoto 20 degree grid with CTO Gel | Backdrop: Decay by Salvatore Cincotta – Gold Leaf, From Intuition Backgrounds
1/200th @ f4.5, ISO 200
For the main light, we used a Profoto B10 with a 3×4’ Softbox. This was to create a larger and softer light source with softer shadows. Remember: the larger the light source, the softer the shadows. However, there will still be shadows, so we used a large Profoto Silver Reflector to push back light from the 3×4’ Softbox and softened those shadows.
Now, that glow behind her? That’s not Photoshop. That’s a Profoto B10 with a 20 degree grid and CTO gel to bring in that warm glow. That same light is also functioning as an edge light to give the subject some separation from the background.