Your TWO-Light Guide
This new guide, TWO-LIGHT PORTRAITS is now available for download!
This is the natural follow-up to my ONE-LIGHT PORTRAITS guide.
ONE-LIGHT PORTRAITS covered everything you need to get started with off-camera flash portraiture. This included the basics of lighting, gear setup, and one-light examples.
This new guide, TWO-LIGHT PORTRAITS builds on what you learned in the ONE-LIGHT ebook. Go beyond the key light to create more sophisticated looks.
TWO-LIGHT PORTRAITS is a concise reference that gets straight to the point. Just add a second light and reproduce the easy-to-follow examples:
- Key Light & Hair Light
- Key Light & Background Light
- Key Light & Gelled/Colored Background Light
- Key Light & Reflected Background Light
- Double Side Lighting
- Key Light & Fill Light
- Clamshell Lighting
I provide the flash and camera settings, distances and placements involved, and details on the gear I use.
* Note: you can use any lighting you have, I only include the specifics of my gear for reference.
Each example contains sample images, showing you the result you should try to reproduce to learn the technique, a basic diagram of the lighting setup, and a behind-the-scenes photo of the actual setup.
All the setups and techniques are covered in this 20-page guide (PDF, ebook).
Adding a second light to your portrait setups can really change the game. As I’ll demonstrate in this guide, you can use a second light to:
- Separate your subject from the background. Sometimes your subject needs a little extra illumination when the key light creates strong shadows on one side of your subject against a darker background.
- Add interest to the background. Whether it’s against a plain seamless or an environment, a second light can be setup to add life to the background.
- Emphasize the physique. One light at a hard angle can really highlight tone and texture. This is great for figure studies and bodyscapes. But two sidelights, opposite each other, is a dramatic way to showcase an athletic subject.
- Go beyond one-light portraits. Traditional use of a second light is for fill lighting; reducing the contrast and shadows created by a key light. With practice, you’ll gain skill and an eye for adding in just the right amount of fill lighting on the shadow side of any portrait.