How do we achieve this popular look beauty portrait look?

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DPReview007 Regular Member • Posts: 152
How do we achieve this popular look beauty portrait look?

So many popular photographers these days have all their beauty portraits have the same sort of look:

- minimal to no light spill on an otherwise darkish / grayish background / dilapidated building
- nice, soft light on the model’s face (somewhat unnatural light distribution to emphasize certain facial features)
- shallow DOF

Some of the photographers who do this are:

Sean Archer

http://500px.com/SeanArcher

Dani Diamond

http://500px.com/Dani_Diamond

In all of these shots, Dani uses the same post processing technique:

https://fstoppers.com/bts/unforgettable-giant-ring-light-and-how-you-can-make-your-own-29462

Jay Russell a.k.a. The Photo Fiend

http://500px.com/thephotofiend

My question is, how do you achieve this look? What are the steps? Both in terms of lighting and in terms of post processing?

Thank you guys!

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