Studio lighting: 4 seriously simple lighting techniques to try at home

    | Photography Tips | Portraits | 29/08/2012 12:24pm
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    Creating the perfect home photo studio

     

    This basic home photo studio kit includes everything you need to get started. Here are some of the key tools you’ll be using to create the classic studio lighting techniques in this tutorial…

    Essential studio lighting kit: light stands

    01 Light stands
    Studio flash is all about positioning the light source away from the camera, so stands are crucial. They support the flash heads, which means they can be positioned at the right distance and angle to the subject.

    Essential studio lighting kit: flash heads

    02 Flash heads
    Most kits have two flash heads. Along with a flash tube, there’s a modelling light. Most have a switchable ‘slave’, enabling one flash to be triggered by another, so you only need to have your camera connected to one of the heads.

    Essential studio lighting kit: umbrella

    03 Umbrella
    A brolly is the most standard form of lighting accessory. The flash is directed into the brolly so the light is reflected back onto the subject. They are available in different reflective surfaces – typically white, silver or gold.

    Essential studio lighting kit: softbox

    04 Softbox
    Softboxes are slightly more sophisticated than brollies and once you’ve worked out how to assemble these tent-like devices, they create a softer and generally more flattering light, with a more even illumination.

    Essential studio lighting kit: snoot / honeycomb

    05 Snoot/honeycomb
    Both of these tools help to concentrate or ‘focus’ the light. They’re ideally suited for use as backlights or for isolating a particular part of an image.

    Essential studio lighting kit: reflector

    06 Reflector
    A simple reflector can be really useful in a studio lighting setup, especially if you’re only using one light. You use it the same way you would with natural light – to bounce light back onto your subject and fill in any hard shadow areas.

    PAGE 1: Introduction to studio lighting
    PAGE 2: Creating the perfect home photo studio
    PAGE 3: Rembrandt studio lighting setup
    PAGE 4: Clamshell studio lighting setup
    PAGE 5: Backlight studio lighting setup
    PAGE 6: Rim light studio lighting setup
    PAGE 7: Final tips on studio lighting

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