High-Drama Lighting in the Studio

Two blond models pose against black studio background wearing read and black clothes

So let me say, anytime you get a chance to bring these two amazing ladies for a fun, funky, fashion shoot like this one featuring high-drama studio lighting — just DO it! I’ve had the pleasure of working multiple times with the Wanderlust Girls, Abigail and Emily. And the energy they bring to every session is simply infectious.

I knew going into this shoot that I wanted a dramatic look to match my subjects’ energy and vibe. So I spent some time tinkering with quite a few looks. For this segment, I ended up loving this high-contrast look with a black seamless background. When you are shooting into black, the light is largely absorbed, so having the right tools is essential. For this session I brought in my Profoto B10 and set it up with a 42-inch parabolic softbox. The softbox gives a soft edge to the light, which is flattering. But even so, it still allows for defined shadows to add to the drama.

Another conscious decision in creating high-drama lighting was to eliminate all the ambient light from the studio. Why you ask? So I could fully direct my light artistically and intentionally. Normally this studio is filled with gorgeous natural light which I love to use, but I knew that would only muddy my results.

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Deb Scally Photography

Headshots| Branding | Modern Portraits

Nashville / Franklin, Tennessee

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