A few months back I had the opportunity to photograph Steve Weatherford of the New York Giants in the studio. The lighting above is fairly simple with just a beauty dish off to the side. The client later changed the background to blue for the cover.
This closeup of Steve with the helmet was taken using a ring flash to eliminate any shadows from the helmet and create a unique catch light in his eyes. A few effects were then added after the fact to create a retro look to the image.
Here are two more images taken during the same photo shoot. By planning out the lighting and backgrounds in advance, we were able to get quite a few variations despite only having a two hour window of time.