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

6 simple lighting setups for shooting portraits at home

Lighting Setup 4: High contrast light at 45 degrees with a reflector

Lighting Setup 4: High contrast light at 45 degrees with a reflector

A much better kind of lighting set-up that reveals the three-dimensional characteristics of the face.

Used in conjunction with an efficient sliver or bright white reflector, there’ll only be a subtle difference between the lit and reflected sides of the face.

This slight drop in brightness from one side to the other can start to mimic natural lighting. Much more flattering and a real starting point for most portrait photographers.

To darken the shadows, pull the reflector away from the subject.

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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