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I've always tackled corporate work with the usual boring three light setup and yes, this was a single light in a soft box at just above eye level.
Not that I'm making excuses, but I had zero budget for this and the client would sit still for about 1 minute, so it was VERY rushed, it was after a 2 hour shoot for 6 other staff.
This was a love job to impress the client who I'm friendly with and tbh, admire as he's a very fair man who gives me plenty of work. It's the first and only opportunity I've had to do this for him, so I'd really like to nail it
The aspect ratio of the original you saw was the camera original 2:3 (A7RII, lens was 85GM at f5.6, ISO640), it was not cropped at all, not rotated either, no camera profile added, nothing, in fact I simply raised exposure and contrast as well as de-saturating slightly.
I had another that I didn't like as much that was copped and had some (low quality) healing:
I'm not great at photoshop and prefer to tinker only with colour and expsoure and very mildly.
I did want to emphasise the lines in his face, I called the portrait 'Timber' as his face has a lot of timber in it, a lot of character. He's a big, burly man that moves with confidence, very well known in his field and this suits his character which many people know very well.
Appreciate your time Steve!