How to set up your home photo studio
Set up your lights
Position the main light, with a softbox attached, at 45° to the subject and above their head. Try and create a small triangle of light on the side of the face that’s further from the light, with the shadow of the nose pointing towards the corner of the lip.
Light up the hair
Use the second light, with a snoot attached, positioned behind the subject on the opposite side to the main light: this’ll shine a hard, direct light on the hair. Finally, use a white reflector to fill in the side of the model’s face in shadow.
Relax into the shoot
Switch to manual mode and use your camera’s LCD display and histogram to establish a good exposure, ensuring you keep your shutter speed in sync, which is usually 1/250 sec or slower. Now you’re ready to start shooting. Try and keep the model relaxed, even if you’re a little nervous yourself.
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PAGE 2: How to set up your home photo studio
PAGE 3: How to create a catchlight in your subject’s eyes
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