Warm and cold

In this four light setup tutorial Karl explains how to seamlessly and effectively combine warm and cold light.

Looking at this image, it’s easy to think it was just a three light setup. However, in actual fact, it makes use of four strategically placed and carefully thought out lights. Using rim lighting with a simple fill light, Karl demonstrates how to subtly get the best effect from each individual light.

In this portrait photography class we cover the following:

  • Portrait photography
  • How to shoot creative portraiture using four lights
  • Color & the emotion of light
  • Warm & cold light
  • Photographing with colored gels
  • Using reflectors for portrait photography

NOTE: This course is available with English subtitles


  1. Hi Karl, In Video “05. Relationship of shutter speeds and apertures to flash” at the time stamp 26:23 … There is a backdrop. could you tell me which backdrop that is a drop me a link where i can find it. Same applies to the wall mounts.

  2. A beautiful look and setup. I have gels but have not used them. Love the hint of blue and also the use of a strip light to help create three dimensionality. Looking forward to trying this one.

    1. Yes Martin and it’s quite effective. If I could only choose out of the basic modifiers it would probably be my preference for fashion work.

  3. Love it. Slightly colored complimentary lighting works great for additional separation of features.

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