49. Bright and punchy fashion

This studio lighting tutorial is all about achieving a fresh, vibrant and eye-catching final result. Using four studio lights, Karl shows you how to achieve this stunning result, which is ideal for catalogue and fashion images (or even just an interesting portrait).

Opting to incorporate some movement into this set, Karl explains how to freeze movement with studio flash and the importance of flash duration when it comes to effectively capturing movement.

The final image is shot using four lights, but Karl also shows you how this can easily be simplified to an effective three light setup.

This photography class covers the following:

  • Studio photography: How to shoot portrait images
  • How to shoot creative portraiture using four lights
  • Studio lighting setups for catalogue shots
  • Studio lighting setups for full length photos
  • Flash duration: How to freeze movement with studio flash

To learn more about flash duration, click here.

NOTE: This course is available with English subtitles


  1. Karl, regarding the picture format. Since she’s moving, do you choose a classic format (5×7 aso) or what suits the best?

  2. Hi Karl! I love this style of lighting! Really punchy as you demonstrated. would this also work with one huge silver umbrella instead of 3? would i get the same results or similar?

    1. Hi Sarah, I don’t think you’d find a big enough umbrella to be honest and if you went to a large parabolic like the Para222 then the light is spectacular but it would become an expensive alternative to umbrellas.

  3. Hey Carl,
    first of all thank you for all your work and your awesome education program here!

    I tried pretty much the same setting today for a underwear shoot and I just was not able to get the jumping lady sharp, even with same camera settings as you, but on a Sony 7rII with a 24-70 GM 2.8, ISO 100, 1/160 (flash sync failed at 1/200 and above of course), f4.0 – f11 (tried several), white backdrop, multiblitz studio flash with one 1×1,2m softbox front, one round flash for background and one small softbox for hairlight on 5.0 – 8.0 (tried a lot).

    Do you have any idea what could have been wrong?

    Greetz from Germany, Simon

    1. Hi Simon, if your exposure was correct and your focus was correct and also if you checked that no ambient light was being recorded then the only remaining thing it can be is that your flash duration speed is too slow. Please see the chapter on Flash Duration (module 4 in this section).

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