copyright, Annie Leibovitz
This image featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov as Peter Pan, Gisele Bundchen as Wendy and Tina Fey as Tinkerbell is part of the “dream portrait” series for Disney theme parks. My guess is that Annie used only 2 (albeit, big-ass) lights for this shot.
Camera: Hasselblad H1 with 50mm lens and Phase One P30 digital back, on a tripod 10 feet back. Shot at 1/125, f11, ISO 100.
Lighting: The drama created with the lighting is achieved by the “less is more” philosophy. One Profoto 6 foot giant parabolic umbrella reflector at f11 is boomed over Mikhail and aimed down towards his head. Another one, also at f11, is boomed over and slightly behind Gisele and pointed down at her head. This setup allows for beautiful, soft lighting on the faces while letting most of the room drop off. The scenic skyline out the window was put in in post. As was tiny, glowy Tina Fey.
Comments: This was a tough shot to pull off. For authenticity’s sake, Annie set a 3:30AM call time and required the entire crew to wear bedroom slippers. Plus, Tina kept making fart noises from behind the window just as Mikhail “landed” in the room.