For my shoot I based it on the detail and definition Irving Penn achieves with a mix of lighting and editing.
The setup I used for my lighting is really basic and simple, all i’m using is a direct light to create contrast on the left side of my subjects face and an ambient diffused light on the upper right to give some highlights to the images.
I used some basic settings on my camera to achieve my photos in the shoot. I used a low ISO of around 160 so the image itself wan’t grainy and had smooth and clear blacks. I also used a low f stop of 1.8/f to give a really shallow depth of field and to draw the viewers attention to the detailed areas in focus.