I shot a couple of bodybuilders recently: reason enough to share a few of the pictures and the settings.
I decided, for this shoot, to use pretty dramatic light, with a significant sidelight component. Why? Because sidelight shows texture, muscles, and similar detail. So I used a softbox on each side of the subject, aimed forward and positioned carefully to keep it off the background:
(100 ISO, 1/100 sec, f/13)
Post treatment is minimal: B/W setting; then in the BASIC panel, I moved the whites and highlights up a tad, and the shadows and blacks down a bit. The resulting images are dramatic and show muscle:
Do keep in mind the fact that the face should be appropriately lit. Like in the image above.
In the image below, a flash behind the subjects aiming towards me, and a flash with a grid on camera left, aimed at the subjects:
This shoot was all about light.
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