I had a quick shoot in New York City last week with the young star from the UK. He debuted his album in America just a few days ago. This setup was pretty simple. The backdrop is real and not a drop-in. Only had a total of 15 minutes or so for a 3 setups, but I am used to moving fast Believe it or not, the shot above does not have a lot of post production on it at all.
I ended up using 4 flashes and a single reflector for fill light. Shot this with my Phase One 645DF+ IQ140 camera. See the lighting diagram below.
I’m going with 2 lights inside the vault and one outside, and the darkness around the bottom of the frame was added in post.
In the vault: A beauty dish with sock around head height, directly camera left of the subject and just hidden behind the doorframe/wall. An amber (Lee 105?) gelled flash in a standard reflector about 6-8ft camera left of the subject and pointed into the wall so that the hot spot is 3-4ft camera left of the subject.
Outside the vault: A standard reflector (probably gridded) placed camera right so that it’s directly on axis with the doorway, about 6-8 ft high and aimed at the subject’s tie.