Strong bold and dynamic

This next setup is a simple yet versatile studio lighting setup suitable for eye-catching fashion and portrait images.

In this photography class Karl captures this stunning three quarter length image using just three lights with basic modifiers. Modifying the setup from the previous photography class, Karl explains exactly what to consider for this shoot, including power ratios and outfit choices.

To clearly show the importance of power ratios, Karl then demonstrates the impact various ratios can have and explains the reasons behind this.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Studio Lighting: How to set up multiple studio lights
  • Three light setup for creative portrait photography
  • Lighting setups for three quarter length images
  • Studio Lighting: Understanding power ratios
  • Lighting modifiers for portrait photography

NOTE: This course is available with English subtitles


  1. Hi Karl, great tutorial. How did you manage to not have any light from the vertical stripbox affect the background?

    1. Hi Thanks, Often the lights will have an affect on the background especially in a small space. I counter this by generally using visually darker grey backgrounds than average knowing that the additinoal light will be lifting them up. But also the inverse square law will have an important role to play in that the distance of the lights from your model will greatly affect the amount of light on the background based on the required exposure of your model. So for example even if the lights are closer to your model (and background) the background will appear darker because you need to greatly reduce the exposure for your model. See this chapter to learn more –

  2. Great tutorials Karl!

    for portrait model shoot for Jewelry, which lighting setups would you recommend from your tutorials that will help create dynamic and catchy top 2 or 3 go to setups

    Thank you,

  3. Hi..can you, please, explain on this one..the measures that you used on the I understand the aperture of you camera and the key light should be the’m Been seeing that you do not use this rule..thanks

    1. Hi Liliana, I’m sorry I don’t fully understand your question? If you are asking do I use the same aperture setting on all shots I shoot then no I don’t. My procedure is to decide the aperture setting that I want for a particular shot based on my depth of field requirements and then I adjust the power of all my lights to suit that aperture.

  4. Hello Karl, I was wondering if you use any type of filters in portaits (UV, ND etc..), and how they affect (if used) the results on the pictures?. Thank You.

    1. Hi Daniel, no not really and ND filter would only reduce the amount of light so you can open the aperture more or decrease the shutter speed but it wouldn’t have any affect on the subject. Polarisers change the look of skin reflections but you’d have to be careful applying these as you can get strange results. Generally speaking all of your control should be made with light.

  5. Excellent session tutorial! I shall be using this style. Looks like I’ll be adding another strip soft box modifier to equipment bag.

    1. Hi Ilidio, the centre pole of the lighting stand was visible between the models legs so I removed this in photoshop. To avoid having to use photoshop then I often use a flooter/fresnel light instead as you will seen in the ‘Fashion’ section on the first two tutorials.

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