For the red lipstick shot, with Nikki in black wearing the dark red lipstick and the red background behind her, I wanted a completely different feel. It was a little less brightly lit and a little more mysterious, but still kept the color of the photo. This was accomplished with a gridded Profoto D1, and another D1 with a zoom reflector to light the background. I have to say, I felt like a dentist pointing the light right at my model’s face and getting it just where I wanted it. The test came when I started attempting to position my model’s eye behind the gridded rim of the hat. My focusing mode was set to eye-detection and AI Servo so it would move as I did or the model did slightly. I honestly did switch to manual focus at first, thinking I would have to "do it myself," but after a few shots I went back to auto and that magical little eye focus box hit my model right on her iris and did a way better job than I did trying to hit it manually. It was honestly incredible.
My settings for the red shot were: ISO: 50 Aperture: 4 Shutter: 1/160
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