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For his portrait of ESPN reporter Jamie Little at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Muscle & Fitness HERS magazine, Ian Spanier used a classic three-point light setup: back, main and fill lights. His backlight—used to separate and define Little's figure from slightly darker background—was a Profoto Grid reflector and Pro 7 strobe head (A) powered by a Profoto 7B power pack ** (B)** , which he hung from the light stand as ballast to prevent the light from toppling over on an unusually windy afternoon. The grid added a focused hardness and brightness to the light rimming her figure. In contrast to this hard light was the softer main light. For this, Spanier used the same Profoto configuration as for the backlight, except the grid reflector was replaced by a much more diffuse Photoflex Medium OctoDome** (C)** with two baffles that evened out the light. Finally, the fill light (the same Profoto pack and head) was also softened—this time by a Photoflex Large Softbox (D).