Photography lights made simple: classic one light portrait setups to try right now

Photography lights made simple: classic one light portrait setups to try right now

Photography lights come in all shapes and sizes, and can be set up in so many different ways. In our latest portrait photography cheat sheet we show you seven classic one light portrait setups, illustrating both the arrangement and the effects produced.

Having a permanent home photo studio, with the freedom to shoot and experiment at the drop of a hat, is a dream scenario for most of us. The next best thing is to temporarily transform a room in your home, arrange some studio lights in there and get shooting.

And that’s exactly what we did recently as we got to grips with some new studio equipment and experimented with different photography lighting setups.

For a moment forget about portrait posing guides or choosing the best camera settings. In studio portrait photography the direction and intensity of photography lights is crucial.

In the latest of our photography cheat sheet series we decided to go back to basics and shoot some of the most basic, common portrait lighting situations using just one light to see the effects for themselves.

Showing what undiffused light looks like on our model’s face, compared to the results shot through a softbox or brolly, 
was eye-opening – take a look at the results!

Simply click on the infographic to see the larger version, or drag and drop it to your desktop.

Photography lights made simple: free cheat sheet

Photography lights made simple: classic one light portrait setups to try right now

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