A “normal” fitness shoot would have three to four lights. The beauty dish is to bring light to the face of the model. The boom or elevated light would help drop shadows of pecks, six/eightpacks and all things toned. The shadows help bring out the definition of the athletes physique and even if it’s just a fitness model and not a physique model, it would definitely help bring out those lines on the stomach.
The octabox on the floor would then help fill some of these harsh lines and also help with that catch light in the eyes. Putting it on a boom just makes it easier to control the light without putting it down on the ground without a stand.
Stripboxes are ideal for creating rimlights and can also be used to create even highlights with soft shadows, alongside a standing model, while the grids direct the light instead of it spilling all over. The great twist here is that with the Profoto B1 you can easily push the light modifier further back onto the light and slip on the new OCF gels kits.
My idea was to slip on a “warm” gel and a “cold” gel onto the two stripboxes in the back and shoot with neutral light in the front. Giving my subject a coloured rim light on both sides.
The octabox on the floor was intermittently switched on and off just to see what the different mood in the images were like. As mentioned previously, the idea of the octabox is to slightly fill the shadows in the face created by the higher beauty dish.
With the Profoto B1 lights I used the ttl Trigger to control the lights which made it super easy to adjust even though the one was pretty flat on the ground and the other one was dangling a meter above my head.