30. Stunning soft and contoured lighting

Another spectacular result, straight out of camera, with just two lights through careful control and utilizing lighting theory and knowledge.


  1. The end result here was just stunningly beautiful. Could I replicate this shoot with my 140 Cm Octobox and 1 or 2 of my 80×120 Cm softbox(es)?

  2. Hi Karl,

    You have mentioned on earlier tutorials about the catchlight in the eyes however using a tri reflector and other modifiers is is commercially acceptable to leave these catchlights in the eyes or would they be taken out or edited in post?

    Kind regards


  3. In my last question, I do mean more the tri reflector catchlight and on occasions, the photographers reflection in the eyes when doing close up portraits. etc. I appreciate the catchlights are beautiful and so to leave in!

    1. Hi James, it’s all down to personal taste. There are some modifiers that give great light but unusual catchlights some photographers choose to retouch these to a more simple catchlight. I generally leave them as they are.

  4. love the set up for the soft light. great photo, I hope I get to try it out shortly , just getting my home set up soon , I also like rim lighting which I like a lot, looking at a lot of photo
    thanks frank garvan Ireland


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