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.

Set up a tabletop studio for less than a fiver

How to set up your tabletop studio: step 2

Using window light to take photos at home is perfect when it’s available, but when it’s in short supply you need a more reliable and predictable light source. The ultimate solution is a studio flash set-up, but there’s a simpler and cheaper option: a tabletop studio.

3 stupidly simple lighting techniques that will transform your family portraits

3 stupidly simple lighting techniques that will transform your family portraits

Portrait lighting is an area that even the most confident photographers struggle with, but using it to get professional-looking family portraits is much simpler than it may first appear. Like most areas of photography, it’s simply a case of taking it one step at a time.

In the following tutorial we will break the different areas of portrait lighting down and examine how each light affects the final result, as well as where to position them in your home photo studio. We start by shooting with a single light, before moving on to a fill light that softens the shadows, and then introduce a light to illuminate the background.

Free portrait lighting cheat sheet

Portrait photography cheat sheet

Feeling in the dark about portrait lighting? Whether it’s a flashgun or a softbox, off-camera lighting has confounded many aspiring portrait photographers.

But your portrait photography doesn’t need to suffer because of this. Portrait lighting need not be so complicated. Whether you’re in a professional studio or shooting a model in your home photo studio (see our 10 tips for setting up your home photo studio), often the simplest portrait lighting set-ups yield the most classic and dramatic effects.

By experimenting with different poses you can see what works and get new portrait ideas to apply to your next shoot. To help you along we’ve put together our latest photography cheat sheet, a visual guide taking you through several simple portrait lighting set-ups, and showing the different effects they create.