Over-under soft box butterfly light
This is a very versatile and extremely easy to work with light
set up. When you look through the fashion magazines, you find
it used a lot. I like to think of the soft boxes as being the
butterfly wings but the real butterfly is from the small shadow
created under the noise. This harkens back to the old Hollywood
glamour light which was done with much harsher lights and created
that very distinct butterfly shadow. This is a modern evolution
of that early light set up.
For the Model
This is a very easy light to work in. By pointing your noise
at the camera or at the light source you will be in your light.
You can move your head more to the side and pick up a Rembrandt
lighting effect or if you have a strong profile you can even
work further over. You may need to make individual adjustment
to show your best features (chin up, chin down, right or left
side). You will have to experiment to find this but this light
set up will bring it out.
For the Photographer
The main light is the top soft box set above the camera lens
height and right next to the camera. I use a 48" X 36"
size soft box for doing head and shoulder to 3/4 length. For
full length I might use a larger box. Right below this main light
is a second soft box which works for the fill light. I use a
smaller 36" X 24" box for this one but the same size
as the main box would work. The key is this over under set up
of the soft boxes and keeping them close to camera position.
I know some folks shoot in a gap between the two boxes but prefer
to have them just next to the camera. You can ratio the main
and the fill for the effect you want (1:2, 1:4, or more). You
can add a hair light and a background light if needed.
This set up creates a soft direction light that helps bring
up the cheek bones. It is a very easy light for a model to work
in as all she/he has to do is point their noise at the camera.