For this shoot with Maika I wanted to showcase both her power and her femininity. For the first look I used a pink accent light to mimic her dress color. I began by creating a wrapping pink glow by using a ring flash. Then I decided to use barn doors on my light to just throw a sliver of “white” light on her face. FYI, I detail both of these techniques in my book, Chroma.
For the second look I wanted to experiment with using a slow shutter speed to get ghostly images. In the past when I have done this in my shoots I have keep my shutter speed between 1/15 and 1/30 of a second. For these I slowed down to 1/4 of a second. I find the movement looks much more like fluid, like moving water. This extra slow shutter is definitely something I want to keep exploring.