This was done using three Alien Bee Lights - an AB800 and giant softbox camera left (as you can see in the reflection on the sunglasses), an AB400 as a hairlight, and a AB400 camera right with umbrella. The background was a just a simple black cloth background supported by stands.
Keep in mind I know zero about lighting, never read a book or did much else, just winged it - this was just playing around and not a professional session.
Camera: Nikon D200, lens used: Nikon 18-70 DX @ 5.6 (handheld). No Post Processing, this is a straight RAW conversion using Capture 4.4.
I gotta admit, the metering, color (this is skin tone heaven), detail, and dynamic range of the D200 is superb. The 18-70 really impressed me as well, it delivered some stunning images that honestly left nothing to be desired.
We started doing simple shots of two models, but I grew tired of your typical magazine style poses and decided to do something a little different. My friend (who was shooting with me using a Canon 30D and various L glass) provided his hand gun for the prop, I came up with the idea of gunsmoke by having him blow smoke up in the air using a lit cigar (he was laying on the floor below the model). I took around 600 pictures and we tried different things, but I really like the overall look of the image. This was my frist time shooting people in the studio, i have had my ABs for a while, but have been limited to product shooting and doing some location based work for a local club. I ended up selling my AB800s to my friend whom I shot with as he wanted more lighting and I have decided to go CLS for the portability.