19. Bold single soft light

Make a statement with this single light set up producing a bold but soft light ideal for fashion, catalogue shoots.

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    1. Hi Mohan, a very large white umbrella would give a similar effect as would a large scrim but the big Octabox is the most controlled option.

  1. Hello Karl, I am André I am an amateur passionate about photography and I follow you from France through your training space. At first I want to tell you that your trainings are the best of all that I have seen on the web. I absolutely do not regret my subscription on your site because thanks to you I could master the photograhy in a few years. Really a thousand thanks for what you do for us.
    My future ambition is to be able to teach this passion that I have for photography in my country in Africa precisely in Gabon (Central Africa). I am determined to follow all your advice for the success of this project which holds me so much.
    Thanks to you

  2. Simple and efficient. I like this set up especially because the shadows are not obvious and thus the model can move freely. The light source placed at a certain distance from the model is a great tip also. Thank you, Karl.

  3. Dear karl,
    which light stand is this ?
    also would this not work if the softbox was directly pointing the model instead of overhead ?

    1. Hi Latesh, you will discover from watching the entire Light Source course that there are lots of different options for the position of the lights and in chapter 7, I demonstrate the effects of different modifiers, please watch the course in order from the start and through to the end to get the most benefit. This course is designed and scripted to help photographers fully understand lighting by watching it from module 1 to 62. You will find that the questions you are asking will be answered in the course. If at the end of the course you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to ask. The lighting stand is listed in the equipment list on the right hand side below the video. Cheers Karl.

  4. Nice stuff. Easy setup. I have the silver 7′ parabolic umbrella with a diffuser. I imagine that would work also.

  5. Hi Karl! Thanks for this amazing amazing course. I’m gaining so much information I haven’t seen anywhere else & your explanation on every aspect is very clear & detailed. Thanks again.
    Here’s goes my question to you.. I’m about to set up my home portait studio for kids & my dimensions of the room is about 13 x 25 feet. Will a 400 ws or 300 ws light work the same for this? or I need an 800?

    1. Hi Sarah, I’m glad you are enjoying the course and thank you for your kind words. I strongly suggest you watch the first 15 chapters of this particular course as they will help you immensely even answer your own questions. For example we cover items such as flash power, inverse square law and understanding light in such a way that it will benefit your shooting going forwards. In simple answer to your question though think of it in terms of f-stops, 400W is one f-stop less than 800w, so if you needed f11/100iso for an 800W light then you would have needed f8/100iso for a 400w lamp or f11/200iso. The earlier chapters of this course will help you get to grips with this more fluidly. All the best Karl.

    1. Hi Kevin, no I never really consciously look for catchlights, there are incredible portraits and fashion shots that don’t have catchlights in the eyes. If you really desire them they are also something that can be added afterwards. I’d say always concentrate on creating the best lighting on your model first.

  6. Great tutorial, great look and great model. She really knows how to pose fluidly. Highlights what you said about the advantages of using a pro model.

    1. Hi Kevin, yes it can make a big difference but even with a little direction you can see that we get great results from all the models in this course. Of course it costs more though for models that already know their stuff.

  7. love your lights set but what sort of set would you feel correct for a family of 3
    1 light or two lights
    thanks frank

    1. Hi Frank, it would depend on the room space and colour you were shooting in. The difficulty with groups is avoiding one of the group being in the shadow of the other from direct lighting, I would suggest some form of bounced light from above and a lower power directional light from above/behind the camera towards the middle of your group.

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