Mercy by Lies Thru a Lens on Flickr.
A través de Flickr:
Model - Mercy
Year Taken - May 2013
Camera - Nikon D800e
Lens - Nikon 85mm f/1.4G
Location - Studio
Mercy is a young law student from Los Angeles, having come over for a few weeks for study and photo shoots. She has such an intense, passionate look in front of the camera which in turn dominates the image. She is one of those rare models who require no direction whatsoever and it is best to just give them a concept and get out of their way. Let them act in front of you, take on the personality of what you want to capture and allow them to do their thing.
When working with models who have dark skin, especially black models, lighting takes on a whole new meaning. Shadows take on a new role fall differently on the skin, allowing for a softer contrast that, even with harsh lighting, looks natural.
This shot was lit with a beauty dish only, turned up as high as I could get it so that it actually fizzed every time it was fired. I positioned it quite low to the floor, about 4-5 feet from the ground and positioned to the right of me by about 8 feet. Thats what causes the harsh shadow on the wall behind her, lighting from a single direction. If Id have added a second light, that shadow would have lost its pop.
Added a slight blue tint to the shadows and a yellow tint to the highlights.