Portrait Photography Essentials: One-Light Setups

Justin Bridges, Fashion and Portrait Photographer

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11 Videos (44m)
    • Introduction

    • Project Assignment

    • Equipment

    • Split Lighting

    • Loop Lighting

    • Rembrandt Lighting

    • Butterfly Lighting

    • iPhone

    • Notes on Editing: Butterfly Lighting

    • Notes on Editing: Rembrandt Lighting

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

You don't need a complex setup to photograph an incredible portrait. In this short class, fashion photographer Justin Bridges walks you through 4 one-light setups to help you make the most of your light, maximize the looks you capture on a shoot, and create stunning images.

Justin walks through 4 key setups (split, loop, Rembrandt, and butterfly) as well as his approach to equipment, post-processing, and even iPhone shots. You'll learn how situating your subject according to your light source can create different looks and moods, and then share portraits of your own in the class gallery for feedback from your peers.

This class is perfect for beginning to intermediate photographers looking to learn the basics of light, as well as fellow professional photographers interested in a behind-the-scenes glimpse with a top creative in NYC.

122 of 123 students recommendSee All

This was great class to provide tips and foundation. I can't wait to practice!
Really good, simply explained, back to basics on lighting. Worth enrolling.
Garry Finch

Street Photographer

Ashlee Nicole

Ashlee Nicole Artistry, LLC





Justin Bridges

Fashion and Portrait Photographer

Justin Bridges is a fashion and portrait photographer based in New York City. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Justin began his pursuit of photography as a college student studying finance and economics. Although he opted for an early career as a finance professional at Goldman Sachs, he realized the need to align his career with his love of photography.

Justin's approach is to capture the untraveled moment and apply a feeling of art and thoughtfulness to each photograph.

Clients and publications include:

  • Media: GQ, Details, Esquire, High Snobiety & Selectism, Complex Media, Hypebeast Magazine
  • Fashion: Giorgio Armani, Public School NY, The Arrivals, Raleigh, En Noir, Ovadia & Sons, Alternative Apparel
  • Client: Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Barney's NY, Amazon, Carson Street Clothiers

Justin is on Instagram and Twitter as @tuckedstyle.