Video: Outdoor portrait of Megan using a window reflection and softbox

  Shoot your subject’s reflection using studio light outdoors. Continuing our series on reflections, this portrait stars the reflected image as the focus of the shot. I’ve brought my soft box outdoors to light my model (therefore also lighting her reflection) and photographed over her shoulder so that her body frames the shot. Watch the video to peek behind-the-scenes and see how we did it. Outdoors Soft Box Window Reflection JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of articles, videos, critiques …

Video: Studio portraits of Princess Amelie using a simple light set-up

Amelie (aged three-and-a-half) brought her own creative ideas (and demands) to her portrait session – who am I to argue?! We had a spring-themed, outdoor portrait session planned with Amelie, but she turned up with a plan of her own… to wear her princess outfit. Everything goes smoother when you work with your client, rather than fighting against them, so I went with the flow and started the session by capturing Amelie in her golden dress in the studio. JOIN …

Video: Capture elegant portraits with soft but simple studio lighting

Bring elegance to your portraits with a soft and simple one-light set-up. A beautiful subject can be undone by ugly lighting. Instead, think about whether the characteristics of your light flatter your subject and complement the qualities you are trying to convey about him or her in your final image. In this video, you’ll see me working to capture a gentle, softly lit portrait of a professionally-trained ballet dancer (after we were worn out capturing more dynamic dance-themed portraits!), JOIN …

High Key Office-Style Portrait

Bryony actually came into the studio for some headshots. I loved her outfit and the way she looked, so after the headshots were in the bag, I invited her to pose for some full-length office-themed images, too. I don’t normally use office furniture for shoots, but I wondered if it might work well with Bryony’s outfit. I opted for a high key, very clean look, the kind of thing you might see in an upmarket office supplies catalogue (hey, inspiration …

Traditional Lighting Patterns

These are the traditional lighting set-ups that studio photographers used to be taught as standard. The set-ups create different ‘light patterns’ on your subject’s face, helping you to flatter their face shape. It’s worth learning these traditional lighting patterns for several reasons. Firstly, they are a good starting point when you’re new to studio lighting and trying to figure out where to put your lights. Secondly, being able to identify a lighting pattern teaches you to look for highlights and …

Teenager Headshots

  Of all the age groups I photograph, teenagers are by far my favourite. They are at their physical peak, and often walk in full of attitude, which translates into compelling portraits, like this one. Laura needed a headshot for her performing arts course, which could also be used for future auditions. I wanted to open up my aperture to get a really shallow depth of field, with just Laura’s nearest eye sharp and everything else in front and behind …

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 …

Channeling James Dean

Bruno walked into my studio wearing his leather jacket. It appealed to me from a photographic point of view and I instantly knew I wanted him to wear it in some of his portraits. As well as turning up with a perfect accessory, Bruno was good-looking and relaxed. Sometimes, life is just too easy! Read on to find out how I used a single studio light to capture this James Dean-esque portrait of him. There’s just a single light used …

Foundations: Studio Lighting And Modifiers

Photography isn’t a cheap pursuit and it’s all too easy to spend a huge amount of money on equipment, but a lot of it will end up being unused unless you buy it for a specific purpose. Before getting out your wallet, think about what you want to achieve with the kit, and only buy what you will definitely need to get started with – you can always add to it later. If you’re going to set up a permanent …