Making a Portrait of a Drift Driver

There are two kinds of portrait photographers: The first likes to shoot with “available light” by which they really mean “every light that’s available.” The second group prefers to use as few light sources as possible because there’s less gear to fiddle with, which translates into more time spent concentrating on making a good portrait. Using fewer lights is less expensive for the photographer, reduces setup time and results in less weight to transport on location.

Recently I was testing the 150 Watt-second Flashpoint 320M monolight kit with 9.5-foot Light Stand and 24×36-inch softbox in my home studio, using it to create one-light portraits.

Courtney is a model and an automobile enthusiast who drives a drift car (a Nissan 240SX aka Silvia) and posed in her Morgan’s and Philip’s T-shirt in my home studio against a Savage Focus Gray seamless paper background.

The portrait was lit using a single 320M Flashpoint II monolight with the 24 x 36-inch softbox mounted. The light was placed at camera right and as close as possible to the subject without  encroaching into the frame.

Camera used was a Canon EOS 50D with EF 28-135mm IS lens (set at 80mm) with an exposure of 1/125 sec at f/18 at ISO 100.