In this light setup I used the large octa as the main lightsource, and used a large square softbox to fill in some of the shadows that the octa created. And to create some separation I added a hairlight behind Pete. The hairlight created some flares in the photos, so I used a black flag to get rid of them. I also felt like the hairlight gave a bit too much of an effect on the leather jacket, so I added an additional layer of diffusion in front of the light, just to soften it up a bit.
Concentrating on the lighting like this, made the post-processing very quick and simple for me. The light looked good straight out of camera, so I only had to use dodging and burning to accentuate the highlights and shadows that were already there in the first place, instead of needing to “sculpt” the face from scratch with extensive dodging and burning.
The colors looked great straight out of camera as well, and I didn’t need to do much tweaking on them either. A simple curves-adjustment did the trick on these photos.
Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot - taken by Atte. If you have any questions related to this photoshoot, the lighting setups etc. - feel free to post them in the comments section - I’d be happy to answer all of them :)