Stylized portrait, right out of the camera – The Lighting Series #9

Jan 12, 2019

Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler is a full-time retoucher. He’s from Germany and likes bacon. In the last years, he built up a broad community around his retouching classes at the Infinite tool’s website. You can follow his work oninstagram.

Stylized portrait, right out of the camera – The Lighting Series #9

Jan 12, 2019

Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler is a full-time retoucher. He’s from Germany and likes bacon. In the last years, he built up a broad community around his retouching classes at the Infinite tool’s website. You can follow his work oninstagram.

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In some portraits, you just want to be beautiful, not after retouching, but when you’re taking them, right out of the camera. That’s how this one goes.

Nikon D800, 85mm f1.8 @f9, ISO 100, 1/200s

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.

Lighting gear

  • 150cm Octabox on a 1000Ws Monoblock
  • Normal reflector on a 500Ws Monoblock

Lighting setup

It’s actually not that hard.

You don’t always need 27 softboxes, reflectors, and gels. Sometimes, a perfect portrait is simple to create.

In this example, a very soft light source was used to completely illuminate the model’s face. Of course, you don’t want completely flat light; you want shade and for the light to come from a definite point.

The model’s hair is balanced against the main light with its own light and a normal reflector.

The main light produces a lot of stray light, but this is used to illuminate the background. Position the model far enough from the background so that the background receives enough light without any shadows from the model.

Positioning

Downloads

For the pictures in the article, we used the light simulation Set.A.Light 3D. You can download the lighting setup and try everything for yourself. You can also download this series as a free ebook.

If you’ve never worked with Set.a.Light before, you should give it a try! There is also a free demo version on the website, which you can use to open these setups.

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Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler is a full-time retoucher. He’s from Germany and likes bacon. In the last years, he built up a broad community around his retouching classes at the Infinite tool’s website. You can follow his work oninstagram.

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