I recently had my first studio portrait shoot. I've done some portraits in available light, but this was the first one with studio lighting.
Lighting was an Elinchrom softbox on camera left, fill light for shadows on the right bounced off a large reflector on the ground in front of the model, and a ringlash adapter (Ray Flash) on Canon 580EXII Speedlight.
First and last pictures shot with Canon 85mm f/1.8 at f/5.6, middle one with Canon 24-105mm f/4L at f/11. Exposure 1/200 sec in all, AF. Camera Canon 450D.
I was really struggling not to blow highlights with this setup even with the Elinchroms at lowest power setting, so next time I'll know to bring some thicker diffusers. I was going for highkey, so any hints appreciated!
Post-processing in LR and PS. First picture has very little adjustments, some glow effect on highlights and eye catchlights fixed.
Also, ran out of batteries on the Speedlight, fortunately towards the last 15 mins of the shoot The shoot was 4 hours and 385 usable photos which is low frame count for me. I really enjoyed how I could control the light, build it light by light, and how sharp the pictures came out with proper setup. I'll definitely get back to the studio for next portrait shoot!
Any input, tips and critique very welcome!
I do like your pictures. Very pretty model and good lighting.
But, I understand 'High Key' to mean a predominance of light tones, so a blonde model dressed in light clothing would have been my choice.