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Submitted on August 25, 2014

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Dieter Cornelis

Realy nice shot! And realy nice book!! Learned a lot from it!

Posted 6 years ago   

1/160 sec.


ISO: 160

Focal Length

85 mm

Exposure Bias




Lights Used




Additional Notes

Sexy Portrait Shoot with Melisa Mendini.
3x Multiblitz Profilux Monoblocs (400Ws).

*The Setup*
Principle: The key is above your model’s head pointing down at 45 degrees and the fill is below her head pointing up at 45 degrees.

For this shot I use an 2.5x4’ (80x120cm) softbox as key from front top. For the fill I also go with an 2.5x4’ (80x120cm) softbox but this time from front bottom. The reason for this kind of setup is that I want to create almost identically shaped catchlights in my model’s eyes.
I could go with an octobox as a key and a square softbox as a fill.

*A Word about Limitation - …and Uniqueness*
Your shooting axis and freedom of movement will be very limited due to the light arrangement. There will be light modifiers on front top and bottom that will interfere with your framing and angles. It’s a static setup. Also the model’s ability to pose with her body is very limited.

With this light design it’s all about your model’s facial expressions (http://photoblog.studioprague.com/articles/nude-posing-facial-expressions)
and the subtle play with her upper body, shoulders, arms, and hands.

And believe me you can shoot a gorgeous topless beauty series! Despite all the bungling and "limitations", you will go with a fantastic lighting and creating unique beautiful catch lights in your model’s eyes!

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