Lighting Setup 5: Low contrast light at 45 degrees with a reflector
With the addition of a diffuser in the shape of an opaque umbrella, this kind of main light is much lower contrast than the previous five examples.
This creates a bigger burst of softened flash, which makes this portrait much more evocative than descriptive.
To further weaken visible shadows, place a warm-coloured reflector near your subject’s face.
An umbrella will create a similar effect to a softbox and can be partially obscured to give strips of light.
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