aroundlsu wrote in post #10585547
If a small startup magazine asked you to shoot a major A-list male actor for free
in your studio would you? The only requirements from the magazine are it has to be a tight head shot on a solid black background in color. Everything else is in your creative control and you own the photos. If yes, how would you shoot it? Lens, lighting, and f-stop please.
This is the sort of question that can't just be answered without knowing what you are trying to achieve. Character portraits can vary dramatically in style depending on the nature of the subject.
I would probably be around f/8 in a studio as that is what I would typically set my lights for, however that can change if I need to reduce or increase DoF for whatever reason. A tight head shot would probably be either 85mm or 135mm, but again, depending on the aspects of the subject I want to build on it could be almost anything. Somebody like Rowan Atkinson might suit a wide angle and go for a shift in perspective to give a caricature look, for example.
Lighting setup: I haven't a clue how this would be setup without knowing what I wanted the result to look like. Could be anything from a single light with a directional modifier to give a harsh contrast and deep shadows on one side of the face, for a guy who plays sinister roles, to multiple lights and a softer approach for a guy who works in RomComs.
To be honest though, if you have to ask how to light it and which lens and settings, should you be charging for such work anyway?
[Edited to add: I started typing my reply before your post a couple above, about having decided how to light it already]