Photographing both light and dark skin tones with a single studio light

Sometimes photographing multiple clients at once is pretty straightforward. If the people in front of your camera have similar face shapes, similar heights and similar skin tones, then there’s fewer challenges to consider when creating flattering portraits of them together. But sometimes there’s a height difference that you want to minimise or exaggerate. Your clients might have different face shapes that require different lighting patterns to flatter their features. Or they could have different skin tones that you need to …

Video: How to photograph two men with different heights, skin tones & face shapes!

Create a film-poster style portrait of two guys with contrasting physical characteristics. My team challenged me to take a portrait of Rob and Matt (our video editor) together, using just one studio light. The point to prove was how to flatter both of my subjects when they each have very different heights, skin tones and face shapes. As I explain in this video, the strategies I apply here can be used in any situation where you are photographing two people …

Video: Three studio portrait ideas for working with dark skin

Add shape and depth to portraits of dark-skinned subjects by manipulating the highlights on their face and body. Whereas shadows create definition in portraits of pale-skinned subjects, for dark-skinned subjects the opposite applies. Instead, you create shape and depth by focusing on the highlights. This approach to lighting dark skin applies whether you are a studio or natural light photographer, so make sure you watch this video to understand the concept. JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of articles, …

One-Light Studio Portrait

Often, the simplest things are the best. Here’s how you can replicate my go-to studio set-up to get flattering lighting and shaping shadow in your portraits. One light, one reflector and a low camera angle: this is my go-to studio set-up. Here’s why I love it and how you can replicate it for your portraiture. I’ve got my main light source – a big soft box – to the left (as we’re looking at it) of Symone. I’ve asked her …

Beautiful, Studio-Lit Stranger

There’s only one complete stranger that I’ve approached, asking her out-of-the-blue if I could photograph her: that’s Dory, who you see here. Soft Box Studio Lighting Texture Photoshop Black and White I met Dory in a restaurant and as soon as I saw her, I knew she’d be amazing in front of the camera. My request took her by surprise, and initially she said ‘no’. But – happily – when she got home and looked up our website, she changed …