Fluorescent headshot

This is a quick headshot I did for my good friend, Pearson Knight. He's a great hair stylist and one of the most positive people I know. The setup for this shot was simple, just two fluorescent work lights hanging from light stands.

I know I'm not the first to do this and the catch lights in the eyes remind me of what Martin Schoeller has done with his Close Up series and what Eric Schwabel is doing. Even so, it's a fun setup that gives a unique look.


I've used this setup with a few people in the past and sometimes the intensity of the lights can be an issue. I had one model who simply could not tolerate it and her eyes were watering so uncontrollably when looking toward the light that we had to abandon the idea.

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