54. Under glow lighting

In this photography class Karl and Urs try something slightly unusual. Going against common lighting conventions they make use of a low level light source to create this final image.

Lighting from below is traditionally avoided as it causes unflattering shadows. However, Karl and Urs find a creative way around this as they use four carefully positioned and well-thought-out studio lights with simple modifiers to achieve this shot. Watch as they make some final adjustments and discuss the setup, explaining why and how it works and how it could be adapted for a small studio before they finally reach the beautiful end result.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Studio photography: How to shoot portrait images
  • How to shoot creative portraiture using four lights
  • Softbox modifiers
  • How to create soft light
  • The importance of creative problem solving in photography

NOTE: This course is available with English subtitles


    1. Hi Doris, yes in the UK we call it perspex or acrylic, I think in the US it is also known as Makralon and Plexiglass.

  1. Tanks for the answer, yes I did see the live showe too, keep theme coming I liked it very much thanks!
    Cheers Trond

  2. Hi
    How are the measurements on the black card for lens flare in cm?
    For full frame camera and mediumformat..

    And I have to say dis education tutorials you make is excellent!
    I am looking forward to se the food tutorials, as well.

    Best regard Trond

    1. Hi Trond, I’m glad you are enjoying the training. Be sure to remember to check out our live shows too! Ok for the window masks to reduce flare it’s quite simple, first you need to establish the camera format you are using and the size of the sensor, so for example full frame 35mm is 36mmx24mm dimension if you then scaled that up by say 10x you would have a window mask aperture needed of 36cm x 24cm or if you wanted to work with a slightly smaller one then x8 = 288mm x 192mm. You then use stiff black foam board or card and a very sharp scalpel to cut it out. Make sure you leave plenty of border to reduce flare and to have something to hold too. Cheers Karl.

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