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

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

Studio Lighting Setup 1 | Rembrandt

 

This studio lighting technique is ideal for artistic shots with depth

Studio Lighting Techniques: Rembrandt

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.

Studio Lighting Techniques: Rembrandt setup

Position one flash head with a silver brolly at a 45° angle to the model at about six feet high.

This creates a strong, hard, direct light from the side and above. This is called a key light.

To even the lighting, position a reflector on the other side of the model to bounce the light back into the shadow side.

There should be a small triangle of light on the subject’s face – this is referred to as Rembrandt lighting.

Gear needed
■ One flash head ■ One reflector 
■ Two light stands

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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