For the images above I used a 500 watt Profoto head, a 1mtr octa lite without the front diffuser, to give the light a crisp edge, but keeping the inner diffuser attached.
The head was set up slightly higher than my models head position to the side, as close to her as I could get it without it being in the frame.
The background is a white backdrop c 6 to 8 feet behind my model. It’s dark because the light of the flash head is falling off, over the distance to the backdrop in relation to the model. (the inverse square law)
A little light falling onto the background and the shadow of the model creates a nice separation between the back ground and the model.
Either side of my model I have 2, 8ft x 4ft black poly boards taped together to create L’s, these are to block any of the light from my flash head bouncing off the studio walls onto my model reducing the contrast of my light hitting my model.
Why not try this set up for yourself and send me your images results to firstname.lastname@example.org and ill give you my thoughts about them.
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 17mm to 55mm f2.8
Shutter: 125th sec
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The author of several fine art photography books plus how to shoot fashion photography books "Fashion Photography A Complete Guide" , a published professional fashion, portrait and fine art photographer with over 40 years professional fashion and fine art photography experience.