A simple 2 light portrait set-up

A simple portrait & fashion photography lighting setup

A simple 2 light portrait set up

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to create a high quality professional studio portraits & fashion images.


In this short video I take pictures with an economic Olympus OMD-M10 Micro 4/3 sensor camera and some with the Canon Mk-III but just with a standard 50mm lens. Remember: The soft boxes I use are top quality and very decently priced broncolor soft boxes that also fit other studio light brands and even your Speedlite flashes (with the right adaptor). This image focuses on the model as a portrait shot but you can apply this technique also to studio light setup for fashion photography.


Here’s a list of what you need:

  • A Flash Trigger
    To make the flashes fire, lots available or you could use a sync cable
  • broncolor 75 Octobox
    This creates a gradient of light against the grey background.
  • broncolor 150 Octobox
    The main light source on model
  • White Reflector
    I use this to bounce light into model ( A piece of foam board but could have been anything flat and white)
  • Grey Paper
    For my background. Simply paper roll or could be a matt grey painted wall ?

Hopefully from this you can see how some great photographic results are achievable even with simple cameras and a simple lighting setups. The key is knowledge, and that’s what we do best, check out this to learn more about effective and simple portrait lighting setups – Portrait photography section of this website.


studio light setup for fashion photography
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