Best practices for perfect studio lighting

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Best practices for perfect studio lighting

If you’ve ever been to a photo studio, you already know how hard they work to get that perfect shot. They have a massive setup and lots of equipment to choose from, and, of course, you want to be as good as them. But leave aside the fact that they are professionals with expensive equipment, what if we tell you that you can be as good as them?

A lighting setup is the most important when it comes to clicking a good picture. Without proper lighting, your subject won’t stand out, and your photo ends up looking dull. The quickest hack to clicking clear professional photographs is to ensure you have proper lighting. All you need is a home studio kit, and you will be able to get that perfect studio lighting.

The studio setup: What you need

Light stand: They are essential to support the flash heads, and you can position your light source away from the camera.

Flash heads: You will need two flash heads. Your camera needs to be attached to only one of the heads.

Umbrella: Flash is pointed at the umbrella to reflect light onto the subject. These come in a variety of reflecting surfaces, most frequently white, silver, or gold.

Softbox: Softboxes create a soft and flattering light effect with a more even illumination to your subject.

Honeycomb: This is used in backlighting and helps you focus the light on the subject.

Reflector: It is used to bounce light back onto your subject and fill any hard-shadow areas.

5 lighting tips you need

1. Use a broad light source

The light coming from a broad source is generally softer. It reduces the subject’s texture and produces fewer shadows. The opposite is true for narrow lighting accessories. It focuses too much light on one area and creates a texture and a lot of shadows. When photographing people, a broad light source also turns out flattering.

2. Place your light source close to your subject

The light falling on your subject will be stronger if the light source is further away. This is because the light appears to be wider when it is closer to you. Yet when pushed farther away, its broadness reduces and it becomes narrower. Your light source illuminates your subject evenly when your subject is positioned closer to your widened light source.

3. Use front lighting wisely

Front lighting is useful while taking photos because it hides your facial scars and imperfections. To highlight the texture of elements, such as rocks, sand, bricks or tree barks, it is best to use side lighting for landscape photography rather than front lighting.

4. Include shadows for a three-dimensional look

Shadows can give your photos a voluminous appearance and more depth, giving off the impression that your subject is in a void rather than on a flat surface. Shadows create a three-dimensional effect that gives your photos a realistic appearance and a more intimate vibe.

5. Keep the colour temperature in mind

You may think that light is white, but the light has colour. The light is warm in the early morning and late afternoon but bluish in the middle of the day. You can adjust the colour temperature of your picture by manipulating the white balance within your camera.

It is vital to experience to get the perfect studio lighting. You need to blend various techniques to create simmering new. Keep experimenting with new things and techniques to help develop your photography skills. Sometimes you will click beautiful photographs, sometimes you won’t, but the important thing is never to give up and keep trying.

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