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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    Lighting Setup 6: Rim lighting from behind

    Lighting Setup 6: Rim lighting from behind

    The ideal method for emphasising the outline perimeter or shape of your subject’s head.

    In this lighting setup, the subject is not lit from the front but from behind to create a dazzling rim-light effect.

    Only a tiny light source is needed and care must be taken not to set the flash unit at too high a power.

    To prevent the face from recording as a silhouette, open up the aperture nice and wide and, if needed, use a couple of reflectors either side of the model to bounce light back into 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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    Posted on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 1:00 am under Photography Tips, Portraits.

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