How to Light/Edit This Shot

I haven't been using this lighting style as much as I did in the past.  I only use it now when I feel like it fits the couple/bride and the situation.  I don't have a reasoning system...I just kind of go with a feeling.   Anyways...I think this dramatic lighting style can be really cool in certain situations so I thought I would show you how to do it.  I also wanted to give you an idea of how I edited this shot.

Gear Used:

Nikon D3s

Nikon 17-35mm f2.8

Alien Bee 1600 with Large Softbox

Here is the lighting Diagram:


The Alien Bee was at full power.  My camera settings were: ISO 200, f/11, and shutter speed set to 1/160 of a second.  I place the bottom of the softbox at chin height of the subject and then angle it down slightly.

Here is the image right out of camera:

It is overexposed, but I knew that the subject and the background were the ratios I wanted.  AKA I had the shot I wanted, I would just have to adjust the exposure in post.

I use Aperture to edit.  I brought down the exposure, increased the blacks, and saturated the blue.  Throw in 2 curve adjustments and this is what you get:

Next I did a little dodging and burning and ended with this photo: