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

6 simple lighting setups for shooting portraits at home

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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  • 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?