Speedlights Top-Down Make For A Dramatic Beauty Light
One of the rather dramatic beauty lighting setups is the one where light comes soft but directed right from above the model. That’s the light which makes a colorful punk hairdo really glowing. However, in the video below I use it for a slightly different purpose: It throws dramatic light onto my model and at the same time it lets the rest of the dizzy hotelroom that we are shooting in sink into dark black shade. Ain’t that handy?
Like always I refrain from using a huge professional boom stand or anything. Speedlights, an Umbrella and a piece of twine are all we need.
Have a look at the lighting diagram of this shoot:
(1) Two Speedlights, GN58, 1/4 power, 50mm, Group B
(2) Model sitting on the floor
(3) 10 ft./300cm distance from camera to model
(4) DSLR, zoom 28-300@70mm, 1/200s, f/8, ISO200, Speedlight GN58, 1/128power, Group A
I wish you good light!
Models: Ajiao, Linxi and Sasha
Location: Jingguang Apartments, Beijing
Photos: Michael Zelbel
Postproduction: Gina Hernandez