Here’s a sample of the high-key lighting technique I mentioned earlier. This is my approximation of a technique Scott Kelby described on his blog, but since I didn’t have access to a beauty dish or massive softbox, I had to improvise with two speedlights, a piece of white foam core, and a bedsheet.
The main light is an sb-800 bounced into a silver umbrella. To reflect some of the light back up and under my subject’s chin, I used a piece of white foam-core at about a 45° angle. If you look closely at the catch lights in Kieran’s eyes, you’ll be able to see both reflections.
The background is simply a plain white bed sheet and I’m using a borrowed sb-600 to shoot through that. Both flashes were wirelessly triggered via the built-in flash (in commander mode) on the d700.