Perfect Your Portraits With This Two Light Setup

Photography can be an expensive enterprise, especially when going for the perfect portrait shot. Most professional photographers (and many amateurs) use complex and expensive lighting setups for portraiture, yet it’s totally possible to capture great portraits using less equipment. In the video below, professional photographer Karl Taylor shows us how to do great portraiture with a simpler setup:

In this shoot Taylor compares the results from an Olympus OM-D with the 14-42mm lens that comes with it and a Canon 5D Mark III with a standard 50mm lens. The soft boxes he uses are 75″ and 150″ Octaboxes. Other than that, the only other gear he uses are a sheet of white board (to add some fill) and a studio flash system.

Granted, even the less expensive OM-D costs over $1,000 new, and the Octoboxes are not cheap. But this is still a relatively minimal setup compared to other professional setups out there. And, as you can see from the comparison shots, Taylor shows at the end of the video, the results don’t disappoint.

Simple 2-Light Portraiture

You can use a more affordable camera, speedlights, and cheaper softboxes to create a similar effect. The key is to master the lighting technique.

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2 responses to “Perfect Your Portraits With This Two Light Setup”

  1. Framtonm says:

    Thanks for this post! I’ve always shied away from Portraiture, but this has helped.

  2. This is such simple lighting setup but it delivers amazing result – off course you need to know what you are doing, even if using one light. Photographers like Karl Taylor can handle very complex portrait strobes setups, that is why he have such amazing portraiture work on his portfolio.

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