Lighting Modifiers for Fashion Photography

There are no rules when it comes to lighting for fashion photography. But it can be tricky to figure out exactly which modifier will help you achieve the results you want.

In this class, Karl introduces various types of light modifiers, from a bare bulb all the way up to a big parabolic reflector. As he explains the benefits and drawbacks of each, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of fashion photography lighting, and of which modifiers you need to bring your concepts to life.

To check out the Lighting Comparison Visualiser Karl mentions in this video, click here.


What you’ll learn:

  • Best light modifiers for fashion photography
  • Lighting equipment for fashion photography
  • Lighting tips for fashion photography
  • Best lighting for fashion photography

Karl explains the different types of lighting in fashion photography, walking you through a range of light modifiers and their effects.

These behind-the-scenes glimpses illustrate some high fashion photography lighting techniques



  1. I love the sculpting effect the parabolic reflector has on the model’s face. Is there a counterpart lighting modifier that achieves a similar effect when photographing small three-dimensional objects, such as sculptural (matte) jewelry?

    1. Hi Azagura, the nearest equivalent would be a small fresnel lens type modifier. A para is a fresnel lens in reverse but a little bit softer. There is no Para as small as you are thinking simply because the lamp head is too big. I do use the Para 88 though on some product shots as well as small fresnels if I’m looking for good sculpting. However the perception sculpting on people and objects is very different, we don’t tend to overanalyse the appearance in the same was as we do with a human face.

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