Greg Desiatov's picture


I had been shooting portraits for years and I used to use a beauty dish to the right, a soft box to the left and a hair light behind to the right, up high and angled down.

I started playing with a different setup recently and started to use a 2m parabolic umbrella on a boom and a highlight low and angled up directly behind the subject.

I found that this really makes the model 'pop' against the background but the trade-off is, it really shows up the 'fly-away' hair around her but I don't mind it, as i think it adds a bit more interest to the shot.

Model: Anastasia
MUAH: Mishel Vounatsos Bratsos

Canon 5D Mark II
200mm · f/2.8 · 1/125s · ISO 125
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Jon Le Plaster's picture


Greg Desiatov's picture

Thanks Jon

Jeffrey Moore's picture

I really like this idea and wonder if it would work well for outdoor portraits as well.

Greg Desiatov's picture

Absolutely! There is no reason why it can't be used outdoors

James McCann's picture

I agree that this makes her really pop. I don't mind the fly-aways either, especially since her outfit is rather casual. Well done.

Greg Desiatov's picture

Thanks James

Ciro castellanos's picture

Really nice shoot Greg.
would you have a BTS? Thanks

Greg Desiatov's picture

Thanks Chiro. Unfortunately no BTS on this shot

Jay Smith's picture

Thank you for sharing this image. I am new to this site. This image is excellent. Head shots are traditionally cropped tighter.

Greg Desiatov's picture

Thanks Jay

tabletop's picture

The lighting is really good in this one, her expression matches it too. The only thing I find distracting is the background.