Portrait Photography Essentials: One-Light Setups skillshare originals badge

Justin Bridges, Fashion Photographer, Former Finance Pro

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12 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:47
    • 2. Project Assignment

      4:12
    • 3. Equipment

      3:32
    • 4. Split Lighting

      5:00
    • 5. Loop Lighting

      5:43
    • 6. Rembrandt Lighting

      5:52
    • 7. Butterfly Lighting

      3:21
    • 8. iPhone

      3:26
    • 9. Notes on Editing: Butterfly Lighting

      6:42
    • 10. Notes on Editing: Rembrandt Lighting

      3:14
    • 11. Final Thoughts

      0:45
    • 12. Explore Photo Classes on Skillshare

      0:36
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Project Description

Share 1-5 portraits using a one-light setup.

ASSIGNMENT

Photograph a subject using a one-light setup: split, loop, Rembrandt, and/or butterfly. Remember that it's not about your budget or equipment, but the intention you bring to the shoot! Whether you're using lights in a studio or sunlight outside, angle your subject and your light in a way that's flattering and fits your creative vision.

A few notes: I encourage you to shoot in black & white so you can really focus on the light, but feel free to use color if you wish. You can shoot DSLR, iPhone, or even film — whatever you're comfortable with. And, while I also encourage you to capture a portrait of a friend, feel free to practice the setups with an object so you can learn by doing and get feedback from other students in the class.

DELIVERABLE

Share 1-5 portraits using a one-light setup. A completed project will include:

  • A brief description of your light source + setup (professional in-studio lights, sunlight, etc.)
  • 1-5 portraits

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