30. Stunning soft and contoured lighting

Switching from the hard, dramatic lighting covered in the previous chapter, Karl demonstrates how to create this spectacular result using just two lights.

In this portrait photography class he uses two lights for a very soft, flattering light, not too dissimilar to what one might get from natural light streaming through a large window.

Here Karl explains how to correctly use softboxes, control shadow and how to use simple fill light for maximum effect.

In this portrait photography class we cover the following:

  • Studio Lighting: How to set up multiple studio lights
  • Two light setup for portrait photography
  • How to correctly use softboxes
  • How to control shadow
  • How to create soft light
  • Using fill light for best effect

For more useful information on softboxes, make sure to read our blog ‘Lighting Modifiers: Softboxes‘.

NOTE: This course is available with English subtitles


  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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