There are many different lighting setups and styles that you can create with just one light. What are these different lighting setups? How do you know which one is best for the portraits you are shooting? In this video, author Levi Sim walks you through how to create a clam shell headshot with one light.
- A fun way to use front lights for a head shot…is to do a clam shell light.…And that means that you'll use your main light…pointed just slightly downward from in front…of your subject, and then you'll also have a reflector…down underneath shining upward,…illuminating the darker areas under the chin and nose.…To do this, just position your front light…directly over the camera, tilted downward maybe 45 degrees,…so that the catch lights are falling in your subject's eyes,…and then bring a reflector nice and high.…
This could be just a piece of foam core,…it could be your 5-in-1 reflector as well.…Bring that up under your subject's face,…and just adjust the height of that…until you like how it looks.…Many times you'll see a clam shell lighting setup…in beauty ads for makeup or hair.…It makes the skin really glow and gives a very even look.…You might also use it for a bridal portrait…or something else where someone has gone the extra mile…to really look their best with great makeup…and a great hairdo.…
Anytime that you're trying to make a refined…
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- Leveraging different types of light
- Finding the right light for the right mood or effect
- Taking portraits for business and family clients
- Making the camera and light work together
- Helping people look their best
Skill Level Beginner
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5-Day Photo Challenge: Portraiturewith Chris Orwig25m 59s Intermediate
Portrait Photography: Business Portraitswith Robert Vanelli1h 59m Intermediate
Exploring Photography: Finding the Perfect Portrait Lenswith Chris Orwig1h 20m Appropriate for all
Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Natural Light Portraiturewith Douglas Kirkland34m 46s Appropriate for all
1. Principles of Portrait Lighting
2. Making Soft Light
3. Five Lighting Patterns
4. Making and Finding Directional Light
5. Ten Portraits with One Light
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