My son, Toronto-area rapper illems, who turned 20 today, and his rap-partner Merkury released their second mixtape, “Tumbling Towers II“. (Please read the disclaimer, and it is mature content). And here he is in my studio at 11pm last night:

Slight desat and vignette in post, otherwise as shot. One beauty dish right; softbox -2 stops left; snooted hairlight behind left. Mottled light template from front left. Like so:

Why black background? Because he is wearing black and we want a black mood.

Now I used strobes, but speedlights would have worked just as well. Better, perhaps, because they are smaller and more easy to manipulate.

This calls for manual settings of course. Make sure black is black. Black background and enough distance between model and background. Lights close to model.


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