Creative Portrait Lighting 3.0

Creative Portrait Lighting 3.0

Thursday 10th June 2021 – 15:00 BST / 10:00 EDT
You don’t always require numerous lights and expensive modifiers to get creative portrait results. In this class, Karl yet again demonstrates this utilising a number of experimental portrait photography techniques.

Using just one to two lights and basic modifiers, plus a translucent surface in-between the lens and the model, Karl explores a number of perspectives and lighting effects.

From using long exposures combined with multiple flash bursts, to playing with silhouettes, shadows and reflections, Karl captures a number of surreal and atmospheric portraits.



  1. very cool setup

    i have 2 questions

    1. what background stativ is this?

    2. what material is the frost filter on the on side? whats he name of it?

    1. Hi Doris, I’m afraid I don’t understand what you are asking in question 1? In question 2 this is 5mm thick frosted acrylic avaialble from Sign Service companies or plastic supply companies. If you’re in the USA I believe they call Acrylic ‘Plexiglass or Makralon’.

  2. Hi Karl, just a thought … You were asked a question about mannequins and their rather unnatural surface that doesn’t correspond to natural skin. Coming in from the other direction, a cheap** option I found, is to use polystyrene. Yes, it has unnatural shapes and pits in the material’s texture, but using a few coats of paint these can be made to resemble skin quite well. Their imperfections allow different lighting positions to show or hide the texture which can be an advantage if perfect model skin is not likely to be available. Because they are cheap, painting the mannequins with different skin colours can be easily achieved to give many different options.

    The paint can be thickened very slightly to smooth further.

    You will, I’m sure know this, but others may not have thought of it.

    ** I accept polystyrene is environmentally an ‘challenging’ material, but with care they can be made to last a long time.

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