As part of this weeks Friday Freebie, I thought I would share 4 different setups for Studio Lighting, with diagrams showing positions of lights, plus examples of resulting portraits.

Studio Lighting setup 1

Lighting setup for first set of shots is largest soft box camera left , coming in to model at approx 45 degrees. 2nd softbox is back right , pointing down on to model to provide that rim / hair light.   Back light was + 1-2 stops higher than front. Collapsible black velvet backdrop in place.

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Notice how 1 light at the front & the model facing the camera, allows you produce some clear shadow definition on the face, whilst the rim light helps seperate the model from thebackground.

3 more Example Studio setups after the link

Studio Lighting setup 2

In this lighting example , the front light has been pulled back to allow lighting of some full body shots.  Note how by asking the model to face the main light & then only use the eyes to look back at you, how you can minimise shadow on the face this time.

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Here is a photo showing the height of the rim light in this setup.

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The resulting end portraits are :-

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TIP :  Stand on a chair & ask the model to look up at you by only moving their eyees.  Their head should stay level.  The results can be seen in 1st shot above.  By forcing the eyes to look up, you reveal more white of the eyes, making the eyes look bigger, which as all ladies know makes for a more flattering look πŸ™‚

Studio Lighting setup 3

We are now moving to a 3 light setup.  2 at the front at roughly 45 degrees to model, with larger soft box acting as main light, at 1 stop higher than 2nd light.   Now for some serious rim lighting, by placing a bare studio light directly behind the models head , about 1-2 feet back.

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TIP: Try taking some portraits at an angle.   Different is good you know πŸ˜‰

Studio Lighting setup 4

OK, last setup for you.  This one is know in the trade as the clam shell & is great for beauty shots.  Basically you place your largest softbox directly in front of the model, just above head height pointing down at model .  The 2nd softbox you place directly beneath the 1st , allowing just enough space for your camera lens to poke though.  This light will be pointed upwards slightly.

The top softbox will be 1 stop higher then the bottom one.

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Let me know how you get on with any of these setups.  If you area Facebook user then consider β€œfanning” my page here, to keep up to date my latests posts   FACEBOOK

More Friday Freebies below :

Friday Freebie #10 – Example Studio Lighting setups with Photos
Friday Freebie #9 – How to create dramatic skies in Mono
Friday Freebie #8 – Shoot Upside Down for a change
Friday Freebie #7 – It’s all in the Eyes
Friday Freebie #6 – Child Portraits – How to get eye contact
Friday Freebie #5 – Diagonals & DOF
Friday Freebie #4 – Use shallow DOF for Portrait impact
Friday Freebie #3 – Sensual Couple Portraits
Friday Freebie #2 – Shallow DOF for Couples Portrait
Friday Freebie #1 – InfraRed Tutorial

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