Headshots are a staple of business for many portrait photographers. While they may seem relatively straightforward, there is actually quite a lot you can change particularly when varying the lighting. As you select your lighting you’ll need to make decisions that flatter your subject and help to communicate their personal brand.
The Headshot Lighting Recipe Guide consists of 21 ‘recipes’ for a variety of headshot lighting setups, and as with any recipe, you can add in your own twist to create something unique or catered toward your subject!
Some setups are more high key with lighter tones, lighter background and fewer shadows. Other setups are more low key with darker tones, darker background and more shadows. No one setup is better than the other. As mentioned above, the ‘right light’ depends on a combination of the mood that your subject wants to convey about themselves and the lighting that best flatters their features
How many lights do I need?
In this guide I provide you a wide range of setups with 1, 2, or 3 lights. How many lights are ‘right’ or necessary really depends on which style your client prefers, how much space you have to work with, and how much gear you own (or can rent). You can absolutely create great headshots with just one light. You can create more stylized looks with 2 or 3. I’ve even included a 4-light setup to show you what can be achieved with more strobes.
This guide is not intended to make you feel like you need to have a huge space, lots of gear, and fancy modifiers. Whatever you’ve got to work with is going to be just fine!
I loved the ideas here. You can certainly take them right out of the box, or you can add your own thoughts. Suggestive rather than rigid straight-jackets. I’ve already used two of the set-ups at gigs with superior results.
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I have to say that this guide is very informative! I am particular to clamshell lighting for my headshot sessions, because it's very portable! Lindsay's setup using 2 1x4 stripboxes is spot on! Somehow, that setup just works. It's very repeatable and you get consistent results! I can't wait to try some of the other setups. My next one will probably be the Octa and Triflector. I may even build my own triflector! Definitely worth the purchase! If you are on the fence about it, like I was, you should just do it!
Great overall to grab a quick reference for your lighting setups.
Fantastic! So much info, thank you Lindsay!!
As always when you buy from Lindsay you know it will be quality and really useful from training through to hardware a really trusted brand
A great guide, complete and well explained. A must to have. Great Lindsay!
I am exciting to be able to increase my skills with your easy to follow recipes. I printed it all up and can easily take out a couple of recipes to work on at a time. Thanks for the helpful course!
I'm still trying to get the book printed. It would have been to purchased an actual text. There is some great information in the guide. I'm old school and I need a text.
I thought the guide was very helpful. The lighting setup for each headshot variation was clearly explained and illustrated, with helpful suggestions. Diagrams along with actual photos showing the studio with the lights and the models in place were exactly what you’d want to see to recreate it in practice in your own studio. This is an excellent training guide for shooting headshots and portraits.
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