I recently did a photo shoot with Naomi at Studio Blanco in Oxford. The studio is relatively small but well equipped with four Bowens lights, a variety of light modifiers and seamless paper backdrops. So there is ample equipment for most studio lighting setups that you would want to try. Anyway, for this particular shoot I was limited to 1 hour so I had to work relatively quickly as I wanted at least two different setups. From past experience I generally find that I require about 30 minutes for each setup. As with most of my studio shoots I usually start with a simple setup to get things going and work through a few poses I have in mind. For this session I started with a plain white seamless paper backdrop and had a single softbox directed onto one side of the backdrop. I did not want to have a perfectly white background but rather have a gradient from white to grey. When you set your camera to “correctly” expose for the ambient light a white seamless paper backdrop will appear grey (this is due to your camera meter using the zone system to determine exposure). Adding the light from the softbox to overexpose the ambient by 1 to 2 stops will create the pure white background. For the main light I used a beauty dish directly in-front and about 2 feet above Naomi’s head (see diagram below for the setup).
For the second setup I just used the studio wall as the backdrop and had a single gridded reflector as the light source.
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8