Lighting a beauty shot – The Lighting Series #6
This looks simple, but it’s a bit more complex than you think. When you are creating images that are intended for high-end retouching, you need to pay particular attention to creating a defined but actually relatively flat illumination.
The lighting series is a comprehensive lighting guide. We talk about flash photography, lighting, posing, color, and walk you through a series of lighting setups. Some will be simple, some complex, but in the end, they are all tools to add to your photography toolbox. Here is a complete list of the lighting tutorials.
A beauty shoot can sometimes be very simple; on other occasions, it’s more like product photography. This photo falls into the second category.
The main light is a beauty dish, which has been supplemented by a strip light for the hair. For the background, there’s a very gentle light with a normal reflector. To lighten the shadows, there was a large parabolic umbrella.
The choice of light shapers is not really critical here; it’s more about creating clear and clean light-shadow transitions and not creating too-deep shadows in the image.
We want to have a definition everywhere: in the highlights and in the shadows.
- A white Beauty dish with a diffuser on a 1000Ws monoblock
- A strip light on a 1000Ws monoblock
- Normal reflector with a 500Ws monoblock
- 200cm parabolic umbrella on a 1000Ws monoblock
Individual light sources
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