Well, this is my second tutorial and in this one I will talk about one of my commercial shoots for TONI&GUY Moscow.
It was the hair shoot and I decided to add another source of light – just above the model’s head – soft box #4 with the boom, as it is shown on the scheme, so that the surface of diffuser was parallel to the floor.
If your studio is not big to locate the model far enough from the wall it might cause lots of reflection light coming from the opposite side of your lighting set-up; I wanted to avoid that hence added the black flag #7 on the right side so it keeps the contrast on the model.
Taking in account again the small size of the studio, I had to place another black flag #6 to hide the background from the main source of light to keep it black but placed another head #5 with 60º grid reflector and honeycomb to create a gradient on the background just on the right side of the final picture.
To make the background look like a canvas I shot a piece of grey peeling wall, placed it as a new layer above the existing one in Photoshop with the Overlay mode and then played with layer mask and opacity to get necessary amount of texture.