When shooting portraits in a studio with artificial lighting, the possibilities are endless. But if you’re looking for something simple, beginner-friendly, yet very effective, look no further. In this video, Manny Ortiz shows you one of his favorite beauty lighting setups. It uses two lights, a single light stand, and gives you beautiful and consistent lighting in every shot.
For the setup, Manny used this C-stand from Savage and two Westcott FJ400 strobes, both triggered remotely. Above the model’s head, he added a 36″ octabox to the strobe. Below her chin, he modified the light with a 1 x 4 stripbox.
There are a few advantages of this setup. First of all, it’s pretty simple and minimal, yet provides great results, especially for beauty portraits. Then, it gives you consistent lighting on the model. You can move around the studio, change backdrops, or even use this setup outdoors, and always have the same lighting on the model’s face. You can also control the brightness of the backdrop by moving the model and the lights away from it.
Of course, you can use a reflector instead of the bottom light with the stripbox. It’s a cheaper option and it works. In fact, many photographers use it. But Manny notes that another benefit of his two-light setup is that it gives you more control over the light than a reflector does.
I personally like this setup because it’s beginner-friendly. I haven’t had much chance to shoot in a studio, and if I ever do, this kind of setup that would be among the first ones for me to try. Have you already used it? Do you find it useful?
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