Pretty much straight on slightly high flat light on the subject. Pull them away from the wall a bit to minimize shadow. If you have a secondary light source on the wall, like the sun, you just balance the exposure out with the flash using the shutter speed.
a beauty dish will be too harsh of light for this look. If you have access to an umbrella or soft box that is much better.
The light is above the photographer's head in the 12 o'clock position (as before mentioned about looking at the catchlights) probably about 4-5 feet from the subject, but there is also a white reflector to the left. If you notice the light coming in on the models right arm from the left hand side of the frame.
There also seems to be some reflection coming from below, maybe two reflectors on the floor to add fill light. I wouldn't doubt if the model is surrounded by reflectors, or maybe just the side and two below. Possibly even a black card on the right.
If you have access to a soft box, I suggest something like a 24" x 36" for a good soft feel. For more even light use an umbrella with the strobe head bounced against the inside of the umbrella with the open part of the umbrella in the 12 o'clock position towards the model.
If you look at the shadows on the models neck you can see they are very soft, no harsh lines. This means the light came from a softer source than a beauty dish or direct flash. Even if you have to diffuse your speedlights with a white t-shirt or something, the light needs to be soft for this look.
Very doable with just one light, when in doubt try to look for the catchlight and the direction of the shadows.
I did a similar image and in my case used a large umbrella (reflective side) at about 6~7ft camera right. I can't remember the settings for the flash but I believe it was something like 1/2 power and f5.6 @1/125
Seems that it may be worthwhile investing in a couple of reflectors.
Any excuse to buy more stuff ehh ? =]
So I'm thinking its best that I use my shoot through umbrella to get a look like this, or alternatively get a soft box in order to get really diffused light and reflectors either side and possibly below to remove hard shadows.
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Quick question: I have only seen the sample image on my mobile. It maybe because of the lower resolution screen but it looks like the catchlights were added in post and the background has been substracted with ps.
Chances are that its just down to the resolution of this screen though.
-B-R-U-N-E-S-C-I- wrote: Looks like a single strip softbox used horizontally above the camera (probably on a boom) with the right hand end tilted down a bit to give fill in the shadows below the chin etc.
I would guess the light is probably less than 4' from the model's face and yes, there may well be some white flats either side for extra diffuse fill.
This was also shot with a single strip softbox but without a white background and with black flats at the sides instead of white. No fill.