Studio lighting setups made easy: a simple arrangement for maximum results

Studio lights made simple: an easy, minimal set-up with maximum results

Learn how to take more alluring portraits using the minimum number of studio lights. This quick guide will show you how to set up your portrait lighting piece by piece to achieve a timeless, classic look.

Best studio flash kits? 6 models tested and rated

Best studio flash kits? 6 models tested and rated

Studio flash kits can help you take complete control of your portrait photography. But which are the best studio flash kits available, and which one gives you the most versatile lighting? We test 6 of the best studio flash kits on the market to find out.

The still life photographers’ guide to lighting: 4 techniques, 4 different effects

The still life photographers' guide to lighting: 4 techniques, 4 different effects

Still life photographers often tell us that lighting their scenes is the biggest challenge they face. In fact, lighting is one of the most common photography problems in any genre. In this tutorial, Ali Jennings of our testing team singles out 4 foolproof still life photography lighting techniques that you can use anywhere.

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: fashion photography without all the fuss

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: fashion photography without all the fuss

In our latest Professional Photographer to the Rescue post our pro shows our apprentice some simple studio lighting techniques and easy-to-follow portrait photography tips that will make an immediate difference in our apprentice’s fashion photography.

Review: Bessel Continuous Lighting Kit

Review: Bessel Continuous Lighting Kit

The Bessel Continuous Lighting Kit makes professional studio lighting accessible with its modest price. But can it adequately do the job?

DIY Photography Hacks: make a macro studio with paper and table lamps

DIY Photography Hacks: make a macro studio - Step 1

In our latest DIY Photography Hacks post we appeal to macro lovers everywhere and show you how to make a simple tabletop studio from paper and lamps.

Studio lighting: 4 seriously simple lighting techniques to try at home

Studio lighting: 4 seriously simple lighting techniques to try at home

Studio lighting can seem daunting if you’ve never tried it before. However, most portrait photography lighting techniques are not nearly as scary as most people think. By using a simple home photo studio kit with just a couple of flash heads and a few basic accessories, you can get great results in no time at all. In fact, it’s arguably easier to use a studio lighting setup than off-camera flash.

Photoshop Effects: how to mimic studio lighting for stylish portraits

Photoshop Effects: how to mimic studio lighting for stylish portraits

Shooting in an actual studio isn’t a possibility for many of us. Thankfully, you can harness the power of different Photoshop effects to recreate the look of studio lighting to make your portraits more striking. Here we show you how it’s done in our latest Photoshop tutorial.

How to set up and use a home photo studio

How to set up a home photo studio

Studio lighting isn’t as scary as it might seem, and setting it up at home will greatly improve your portrait pictures. Trust your manual mode, scatter the light and relax your subject with a little music as well and you’ll be coming up with professional pics every time. Follow the steps below for setting up your own home photo studio and soon you’ll find yourself gaining confidence, as well as a broad portfolio of work.

Phottix Light Tent Cube Soft Box Review

Phottix Light Tent Cube Soft Box Review

Find out how our experts rated the 80cm Phottix Light Tent Cube Soft Box and its coloured backgrounds for product photography.