To front-light his portrait of the rock band Pierce the Veil, Adam Elmakias used an Alien Bees monolight inside a Photoflex Octodome softbox (A). He side- and backlit the musicians with two Alien Bees monolights inside (B) and 35
Starting with two softboxes (A and B) placed as close as possible to his subject, Art added a silver Lastolite Skylite reflector behind her (C) to highlight the hair and shoulders. To increase the portrait’s intimate feel, he posed her against a wall of black seamless (D). He then used a 2:1 lighting ratio, with the larger, top half of the clamshell (A) twice as bright as the bottom. This helped him produce some shadows in the lower half of the portrait to set off the face.