Kentucky sports and senior portrait photographer Matt Hernandez is known for capturing dramatic senior portraits with relatively simple lighting setups. To emphasize the drama in these shots, Matt typically shoots wide-angle while underexposing the sky. By underexposing the sky, Matt is able to emphasize the clouds and colors behind his subject.
When underexposing the sky or backdrop, artificial lighting is necessary to properly expose the subject. For this shoot, Matt places his subject in the shade to limit her squinting due to the harsh sunlight. He then uses two strobes to light her.
His first strobe is acting as the key light. This light is softened and directed with Rapid Box XL. This light source is placed to the front right of his subject.
The second strobe is placed slightly behind his subject. This light is acting as a kicker light to help create separation between his subject’s dark clothing and the underexposed background. This kicker light is precise directed with a 12 x 36-inch Pro Stripbank.
Lighting Gear in Action
The Rapid Box XL and Rapid Box XXL studio series feature a built-in speedrings available in Godox/Bowens, Balcar/PCB/Alien Bees, Elinchrom, Photogenic, and Profoto styles. The Rapid Box Studio Series current offers a 36″ octa, 48″ octa, and a 12″ x 36″ strip.
Pro Stripbank (12" x 36", Silver Interior) are available with a variety configuration options, making them compatible with a large variety of lights.