I was in Portland, OR recently the Da-Da Salon to shoot a series of images fro Event Cosmetics. While I was there Alexandra and I decided to experiment a bit using a single-light, high-key lighting setup I had seen in a recent article by Jack Hicks Photography, published on PetaPixel. In this setup he had cut a hole in a standard 40 inch reflector which he set up in front of the model, with a large light source directly behind the model (in my case I used my Paul C Buff White Lighting 1200 with a 64 inch PLM). Then you shoot through the hole in the modifier and it acts like a super big, super soft ring light! It took quite a bit of dialing in to get the lighting where I wanted it and, even then, I had some challenges with a loss of contrast due to the dynamic range between the super-bright background and the relatively low amount of reflected light coming back to the model (not to mention the amount of light spill pointing directly into the PLM). However, once I got things dialed in I was really happy with the results! You can see Jake Hick's original article here, try it out and see what you think of this lighting setup!