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

6 simple lighting setups for shooting portraits at home

Lighting Setup 2: Diffused light and a reflector

Lighting Setup 2: Diffused light and a reflector

This is a much gentler set-up where the same light source is softened with a diffuser and a reflector.

Diffusers give the same effect as daylight cloud cover, spreading light from a tiny source into a larger area.

The diffuser will reduce the intensity of your flash unit, so you may need to slide up the output of the flash head, but the effect will be more flattering.

The reflector works by bouncing stray light back onto the unlit side of the face.

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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  • Ksato Oroquietaph

    in the illustration about 45 degrees, where you placed the flashhead at the right bottom of the photo, while the shadow of the nose is seen it means the light is above the head. not the light at the bottom as illustrated in your photos. so question is this, where do you put the flash to the top left or bottom of the model?