Photo Deconstruction: Low Key Beauty Photography

Join me in exploring my new “Photo Deconstruction” series where I select one of my photographs and share the elements that work together to bring that shot to life. I share inspiration, lighting, behind the scenes images, before/after post-processing and more.

In this video I deconstruct a low key, graphic beauty image of my beautiful friend and model Mari. I wanted to create an image of predominantly darker tones with just a subtle shine on her skin and an emphasis on her striking profile. I desaturated the skin to make a nearly monochromatic image with the white flowers for a stark contrast in tones.

This image was created with three strobes; a beauty dish with a grid as a main light, a beauty dish with a grid as a fill light, and a 20 degree grid on the background (to create separation).

Photographer: Lindsay Adler
Makeup: Gilbert Soliz
Hair: Linh Nguyen

Canon 5D IV:
Canon 70-200mm 2.8:
3 Profoto D2s:
2 Beauty Dish + Grid:
Profoto 20 Degree Grid:

Savage Storm Grey –

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