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'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.
I do primarily headshot and branding photos. While I feel my branding photos really create something special for my clients, I was feeling meh about my headshots. They are a good source of income, so I wanted to up my game. Lindsay’s Headshot Lighting Recipe Guide came along at the best time. I am having so much fun playing with the new setups and also learning to move from one to another quickly. It has made headshots fun for me. Lindsay you teach in such an easy to understand way. Thank you for making this available to photographers!! If you do headshots, or want to, you have to purchase this guide!!
I love Lindsay Adler! She's an excellent teacher and photographer resource. When I need more in depth laid out tutorials or quick run downs on how to do something properly I always check if she has put out information on it before looking elsewhere. Her courses on creative market are my favorite!!
Very clear and useful like the other ones I bought. Thank Tou Lindsay
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Thanks for the Headshot lighting recipe guide. Now my Headshots are much better. Different setups made a difference in my Headshots. I keep this guide in my tablet at all my shoots.
Love how Lindsay broke it all down. If I could have one thing in addition, it would be a video tutorial included.
I’ve purchased several of Lindsay’s educational videos over the last few years and LOVE them all ! Very informative, super high production value and superb talent & team ! Highly recommend
I haven't done studio work for a number of years but am now building a new studio, and plan to immerse myself again. Lots has changed since I did it commercially, and this was the perfect preparation.
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