Dynamic energy lighting

Following on from the previous chapter, Karl demonstrates an alternative four light studio setup that can be used for full length portrait images.

The result is a broad, soft, even illumination that allows your model to move fairly freely, meaning you’re free to get as creative as you like. As with the previous chapter, Karl incorporates movement into the shot, and so explains key concepts to understand and things to consider.

That, coupled with the fact that it’s an easy-to-follow setup that produces brilliant results using only basic modifiers, means you’ll find yourself using it time and time again.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Studio photography: How to shoot portrait images
  • How to shoot creative portraiture using four lights
  • Creative rim lighting studio setup
  • Using reflectors for creative portraiture
  • How to freeze movement with studio flash

NOTE: This course is available with English subtitles


  1. Hi Karl

    Did you need to consider the flash power on the jumping shots to freeze the motion or are the Broncolor lights fast at all power levels?

    1. Hi John, the bron lights are including Siros are faster than most even at higher power settings but it is from power setting 5 and below that they achieve the fastest duration, however for this type of jumping shot it doesn’t require the fastest settings. Cheers Karl.

  2. Hi Karl,

    Great tutorial. Question for you. When you were capturing the model jumping in the air, did you set your lens to manual focus? Did you set your focus point to where you believe here body will be in focus the frame and then click the shutter to capture the shot? I want to know how you are able to get her in focus while moving fast.

    Thank you!

  3. Nice setup!! I was going to ask about using two strip boxes for the background. What I love about these modules that my questions get answered in the video. LOL. I see why this style now with the polyboards and bounce light. To create the rim light around the model also. I saw a very similar 4 light setup for a fashion catalogue shoot but with strip boxes on the background but it did not have the rim lighting. I’m thinking of getting a couple of large collapsable backgrounds ( black/white) to substitute for poly boards. My studio is very small.

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