Photographers who don’t have their own studio might find it challenging to work with the lighting setup once they decide to give studio photography a try. It is always good to challenge yourself and to do new things to help you to discover if you are good at different photography niches or not. For photographers who don’t have their own studio to do their photo shoot, they can always find a photo studio available for rent in their local area to go through their studio shoot.
One of the most important things that a photographer should prepare for when having a studio photography session is the use of lights. There are lots of different light sources that can be used, there are even lighting kits that are available and each of these can really cost you a lot. What many people don’t realize is that the expensive lighting equipment and other accessories aren’t really that necessary. Photographers can still get a great image if they just know how to use what they have no matter what it is.
One Main Light
One main light is all you need and maybe two other fill lights to make your photography session a success. The two fill lights aren’t light sources, they just bounce off the light produced by the main light. With these two reflective surfaces, those that are in the shadows can also be filled with light to make them more visible and a better image will be formed. When you have these simple tools, there can be different set ups you can do to make them work.
1. Short Light – In this type of set up, the light would be directed into the side of the face of the subject that is farthest from the camera. This set up helps make a thinner face for your subject. It is very well used in dramatic portraits.
2. Broad light – This kind of set up is the complete opposite of the first one. In here, the side that is facing the camera is also the side that would receive much of the direct light. This is a great set up to create drama over the images but aren’t really used for portraits because it tends to widen the face of the subject.
3. Split Light – This kind of set up positions the main light to either side of the subject but at a 90 degree angle. With this kind of lighting, there would be a shadow created in the middle of the face. You have to make sure that the line is in the middle of the face and that your model is directly facing you.
4. Rembrandt light – In this kind of lighting set up, the main light source will be located above the subject on the side. The light will usually be placed 45 degrees to the camera. This brings light to the cheek as well as under the eye but a shadow under the nose. You will see the face to be well lit at one side but there will also be a darker shadow on the other side.