If you are curious how you can create a profile photo you can be proud of, read on because this blogpost will show you how a one light set up can do the trick.
A couple of weeks ago when I was in the middle of the website upgrade I realised we needed some profile photo's for the new Meet Us section of the site. As we had learned so much in the In-Camera lighting workshop of Zach and Jody Gray we decided to put this to good use and create our protraits using a studio strobe. So I assembled one softbox (90cmx60m) and installed it on the lightstand. We choose the glamour lighting setup (bottom of the softbox on shoulder length and softbox face on) and installed the camera.
The upstairs hallway is not that big (2,5 meters long by 1 meter wide) but it gave us the look we wanted. As I didn't have a light meter we needed a couple of test shots we had the setting right but then we could get started. We had a great time playing around with some poses looking into the camera and away from the camera looking at each other etc and I think it shows in the shots.
So here the set up of a profile photo you can be proud of.
Here you can see the set up of us and the softbox which was approx. 2,5 meter away from us and the camera on a tripod. I used my 50mm lens and the camera settings were ISO 100, F4, 1/100sec. This all resulted in shots like this.
You can see the remote in my hand (set to the 2sec delay) and that for some shots it took some effort to get the camera to trigger. But a remote is great when no one is there to actually shoot the image and you do not want to activate the self timer every time.
But we were both very happy with these shots!