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

6 simple lighting setups for shooting portraits at home

 Lighting Setup 3: High contrast light at 45 degree

  Lighting Setup 3: High contrast light at 45 degree

With a similar effect to the first shot, this type of lighting reveals a bit more of the sitter’s facial characteristics, but with the same pockets of deep shadow.

Positioned at less of an acute angle, this light won’t pick up so much skin texture but it won’t show the face in any kind of flattering aspect, regardless of the pose.

Only one half of the face will be illuminated and, without any reflector, the other half will become a silhouette.

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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