Must-Know Portrait Lighting Patterns and Tips

Portrait lighting can either make or break your photos. The wrong light can make your subject look flat and uninteresting.

To make your photos interesting, here are the most essential studio lighting techniques.

This article will also offer you some portrait lighting tips to help you along as you go.

Portrait lighting: medium shot of woman with wind-blown hair

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Natural Light vs. Studio Portrait Lighting

Often, the whole ‘portrait lighting setup’ thing can be intimidating for beginners. Most will think that working with ambient light will be easier.

This, unfortunately, is not always the case. Dedicated artificial lights have some important advantages:

They allow you to be much more flexible and creative in lighting your model.

They give you more control over exposure than ambient light.

Portrait lighting: low key portrait simulating a singer on stage

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