Four Lighting Setups You Should Know

Here are four portrait photography lighting setups you should know. Of course, there are plenty of others (see my other videos on various lighting setups), but let’s focus on these 1-, 2-, and 3-light setups. This will include the standard portrait lighting setup with one-light; the 45/45. Then we’ll talk about the traditional key and fill lighting setup, my cross-lighting setup, and the three point lighting setup.

Note:  the image featured here is a variation on the setups described.  Here, we’ve got our main/key light centered on the subject, and what amounts to a couple of rim lights.  A triangle setup, if you will.