Three quarter soft and shadow

This detailed photography class sees Karl and Urs Recher demonstrate how to achieve a stunning three quarter length shot using three lights with just basic modifiers.

The final image is a beautiful combination of lighting — a result of careful control and complete knowledge. Watch as the pair demonstrate how to make the most of the setup, space and available light to achieve a beautiful, soft portrait.

Working in a small studio, Karl also explains how to modify a small space to get the best possible results. At the end of the shoot, they demonstrate why these modifications are so important and Urs explains why this setup is ideal for group shots and demonstrates how completely different results can be achieved with no changes to the setup.

In this portrait photography class we cover the following:

  • Studio Lighting: How to set up multiple studio lights
  • Three light setup for portrait photography
  • Working in a small studio space
  • How to use negative fill
  • How to prevent lens flare in studio photography
  • Useful equipment for studio photography
  • Studio lighting setups for group shots

NOTE: This course is available with English subtitles


  1. Karl, lets say you were on location and a room with non white walls, say a neutral colour like magnolia. Would the strobes overpower the colour or would you pick up colour casts? If so could you set a custom WB to overcome that? Did I hear this would set up work for group shots?
    Also where can we suggest topics we like to learn if not covered yet?

    1. Hi Chris, no you would get a colour cast if you bounced of coloured walls. In some instances if the colour is subtle then you could correct in post. However the better thing would be to put some white panels or fabric in front of the walls. You could only use this set up for group shots if you also bounced it into the wall behind you that was facing the group.

    1. Hi April, just basic carpentry. Build a stud wall and then panel it and paint it. We also put it on wheels.

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