For my headshot lighting set up, I wanted to replicate the famous American headshot photographer Peter Hurley. Even before embarking on my HND course I had heard about Peter and watched many of his videos and tutorials on the art of the headshot. With the limiting resources that college affords I compromised with a five head shoot, three upfront arranged in a triangle and two at the rear lighting the backdrop.
With the use of the online lighting diagram creator
I designed this as a basic idea for my setup. Due to the limitations of the software I could not place the strip banks exactly where I wanted them but this diagram along with some notes served as a basic set up guide for the day of the shoot.
The power settings for the studio strobes were
Strip banks: Two stops
Lower soft box: One stop
2 x open reflector strobes (rear): Three stops
This photograph was taken on my phone during the shoot by my wife Helen Andrews. It shows exactly how I wanted the strip banks set up to create a nice soft light evenly around the face. I did find through experiment that the lower softbox needed to be a stop lower than the strip banks. Any higher and the image was very much over uplight making the face look unnatural.
To the left is a copy of my EXIF data taken from one of the images in Lightroom
My final four images
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Peter Hurley Photography. (2017). Peter Hurley – NYC Headshot and Portrait Photographer. [online] Available at: https://peterhurley.com/ [Accessed 13 Mar. 2017].
Quoc-Huy, N. (2017). Creator / Home – Online Lighting Diagram Creator – Tools for photographers. [online] Lightingdiagrams.com. Available at: http://www.lightingdiagrams.com/Creator [Accessed 13 Mar. 2017].