Background and Vision This environmental portrait is part of an editorial assignment that I had for Sabrina Claudio, an up-and-coming young singer-songwriter from Florida. In an environmental portrait, the surrounding tells just as much of the visual story as the subject. The location we shot in provided a lot of great visual highlights and I wanted to make sure that I could include a lot of the great little details into the shot. Sabrina sings with a lot of soul, so we tied in the vintage records as part of her musical influence. The client also wanted the lighting to look natural, so the trick here is to add just enough ambient lighting to balance out the three Einstein monolight strobes that I used to light this image. How It Was Shot Camera: Panasonic GH2 Lens: Olympus 4/3 Zuiko 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 mkII Lens (28-108mm full-frame equivalent) Focal Length: 18mm (36mm full-frame equivalent) Shutter Speed: 1/160 Aperture: f/8.0 ISO: 200 To learn more on how I lit this scene with 3 strobes and almost no ambient, check out my lighting guide article. -- Joe How We Shot it - Environmental Portrait with Singer-Songwriter Sabrina tutorial Stay tuned to my retouching article on my post-processing workflow.