The thing to remember when making a cover image is the editors have lot of type they need to put on the picture. Stripped across the top is the Washington Post masthead but the sides are also filled with one thing or another. In this photo all the lighting came from two sources. I placed a 4×6 foot Chimera softbox just out of the frame to the left, which gave the subject a soft light that wrapped around their bodies. A very long exposure burned in the windows to create this bright background, which the type was laid down onto.
Canon 1DS, 24-70 zoom a 4 sec. exposure at 5.6