6 simple lighting setups for shooting portraits at home (plus free cheat sheet)

    | Photography Tips | Portraits | 03/04/2013 01:00am
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    If you’re looking to take your photography further you’ll probably want to learn how to use off-camera flash. In this tutorial we show you 6 simple studio light setups that will help you capture some of the classic portrait lighting effects.

    What’s more, these lighting techniques will provide you with a solid foundation from which you can start experimenting to find your own style.

    In our lighting setups cheat sheet below you’ll learn how to use high contrast light at a 90-degree angle; diffused light and a reflector; high contrast light at 45 degrees; high contrast light at 45 degrees with a reflector; low contrast light at 45 degrees with a reflector; and finally rim lighting from behind.

    Lighting Setup 1: High contrast light at a 90-degree angle

    Lighting Setup 1: High contrast light at a 90-degree angle

    A striking result achieved with minimal kit. Using a single flash head at this angle can give an unflattering result, though.

    The light will show up bumpy skin textures and create stark shadows and bright highlights.

    Without a diffuser, the quality of light will be high contrast and if placed near the subject will create problems with fall-off where light is spread unevenly across the face.

    By not using a reflector, shadows will be deep.

    PAGE 1: Lighting Setup 1- High contrast light at a 90-degree angle
    PAGE 2: Lighting Setup 2 – Diffused light and a reflector
    PAGE 3: Lighting Setup 3 – High contrast light at 45 degree
    PAGE 4: Lighting Setup 4 – High contrast light at 45 degrees with a reflector
    PAGE 5: Lighting Setup 5 – Low contrast light at 45 degrees with a reflector
    PAGE 6: Lighting Setup 6 – Rim lighting from behind
    PAGE 7: Download all 6 lighting setups in our free cheat sheet

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    Posted on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 1:00 am under Photography Tips, Portraits.

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