For my full body or three-quarter portraiture I use one large umbrella, sometimes two, or an umbrella and a large octabox to get my base lighting on the subject. Both modifiers are feathered with the subject placed on the very back edge of one umbrella set in a split light position and the other boomed above pointing straight down. From here I add a third light as fill. Normally a strobe shooting through an umbrella or in a few cases bare bulb shooting at the wall behind me if it’s white. A fourth light will either be placed directly behind the subject or to the shadow side of the face opposite the umbrella, trying to achieve that drama with soft shadows again. I don’t always use four lights, but definitely two.
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