This stunning shot was taken using the “Butterfly” technique. It has to be the simplest set-up ever - and gives great results! The shot was actually taken on one of my lighting courses and was the first time I had used the new Elinchrom Dlite2 units. The main light was fitted with an 85cm Silver umbrella and placed in the butterfly position - in front and above Laura. A silver reflector panel was placed underneath Laura’s head to reflect light into the shadows.
Both can be seen in the reflections in the eyes. A second D-Lite 2 was fitted with a snoot and placed behind to the left. The main light was set to give an exposure of f8 at 100 ISO, and the snoot was set to give half a stop more to create that lovely highlight on the hair and back.