Summary of a Standard Portrait Lighting Setup

This is just a short brief summary of a standard portrait lighting. You can see the full two page article here.

That’s about it. There are other choices, but this is a very adequate general-purpose portrait setup. The mistake you should NOT make is two lights simply placed either side of the camera, which is NOT a main and frontal fill concept. And if they are equal intensity, that’s flat lighting and normally worse. The presence of fill’s dim shadow gradients is intentional to show shapes and curves, to add 3D.

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