Studio Lighting For Available-Light Photographers

Perhaps you’re fairly (or very) comfortable with window-lit portraiture, but feel a little intimated by the idea of studio strobes. If so, you’re definitely not alone!

For a very long time, I struggled to understand all the technical detail that seemed to be a necessary requirement for getting started with studio lighting, especially as I just wanted to get back to what I love doing most – creating beautiful portraits!

I finally had a breakthrough, and realised that my knowledge of photographing people using window light was actually all I needed to get started.

That’s the starting point for this video. We’ll look at how three simple lighting patterns are created using window light, before recreating them with studio strobes. We’ll also discuss some of the benefits of strobe lighting and why they’ve become so crucial in my business.

It’s aimed at portrait photographers who are reasonably confident using natural light, and will equip you with the confidence and skills to invest in, set-up and use your first studio light.

We’ll cover:

  • Why I found studio lighting so confusing to start with (and the huge breakthrough that changed everything for me, bringing the fun and creativity back to my portrait photography)
  • The simple studio set-up I use everyday (and why the shape of your lighting modifier matters)
  • Three very different lighting patterns you can create with just a single flash in a soft box, including Rembrandt lighting, Mask lighting and Split lighting.

For each portrait you’ll see my images straight-out-of-the-camera with exposure settings and the final edit, too.

As always, please leave a comment or get in touch if you have any questions about this video, or requests for what you’d like us to cover next time.

Enjoy – and don’t miss the outtakes at the very end! 🙂