One-light beauty setup

A while ago I got this video tutorial from Santa Ana based photographer Sean Armenta. It’s a simple one-light beauty setup that gives stunning results. There is no lighting diagram in this tutorial, but Sean explains very clearly how to set up the light, so you can easily use this lighing setup yourself. There are [...]

Fashion lighting setup

Photographer Mattias Olsson is giving us this clean and crisp fashion lighting setup. The black flags prevent light spilling from the rear strobes. The key light from the beauty dish is distinctive and punchy, which accentuates the models expressive personality.

Bright and shiny portrait lighting setup

Magnus Svensson took some great promo photos for the band Amy’s Ashes, and gives you an exciting portrait lighting setup with a bright shiny look n feel. Shooting against the light this way gives you those prominent vivid flares. There are two beauty dishes from the back, and one big softbox a bit to the [...]

Ringlight fashion lighting

Magnus Svensson is back with another funky fresh lighting setup. The key light is a ringlight wich gives the very characteristic light and maybe most of all, a characteristic shadow if the model stands close to the background. There is also one stripbox on each side that gives the reflection in the glossy outfit.

Jill Greenberg lighting setup and lighting diagram

This image is a pure tribute to the classic crying-images by Jill Greenberg. This is really showing the crisp and contrasty light of the beloved Profoto Giant (the huge umbrella). From the back, I use two strip lights and a hair light on a boom stand to create a “kicker” all around her silhouette. One [...]

Product lighting setup for everyone

This is a clever lighting method for product photography that doesn’t require much lighting equipment. A flashlight and a tripod. So it doesn’t matter if you are a professional photographer or a complete beginner, everyone can try this fantastic lighting setup. Use a 20-30 seconds shutter and then use the flashlight to paint the light on [...]

Glamour lighting with Helene Wiklund

If you are into glamour photography and have already tried the golden umbrella thing and similar lighting setups, you can find new inspiration from Magnus Svensson here. The keylight is a large octabox, and then you kick some light from the smaller softboxes at both sides in the background. This gives you a glamour lighting [...]

Clam shell lighting setup for beauty shots

Beauty lighting setups does not have to be difficult. You can easily get professional looking beauty shots using the clam shell lighting setup. It’s called clam shell simply because you rig two softboxes as a giant gaping clam shell. It’s hard to see in the lighting diagram because of the levitated view. It would have [...]