Two-Light Male Portrait

This portrait photography class sees Karl take the hot seat as he works with broncolor’s Urs Recher for this two-light setup demonstration.

Together the pair continue to demonstrate a number of creative yet simple two light setups suitable for a variety of photography – from dramatic fashion images to flattering beauty style images.

Urs explains the simple modifications he’s made to the key light and why the resulting effect is effective for a variety of subjects. He and Karl then go on to demonstrate how this setup is ideal for work in a small studio space.

In this portrait photography class we cover the following:

  • Studio Lighting: How to set up multiple studio lights
  • Two light setup for portrait photography
  • Simple & affordable modifications for softboxes
  • How to create contoured light for flattering portraits
  • How to photograph in a small studio

You can read more about the advantages, disadvantages and further possible modifications for softboxes here.

NOTE: This course is available with English subtitles


  1. Good tips you use some boards and a reflector. I will do some self-portraits next 2 weeks. Have some problems with an over 10-year-old camera but will use backup if the focus does not work. Thank you for sharing your expertise.

  2. This was a very helpful video to show how one could shoot not just acceptable but excellent headshots with a minimum amount of space and lighting. Karl is a handsome man!

  3. I really like this setup, simple and repeatable. My own preference would be a bit punchier light for male portraits. I assume removing front diffusion panel from the softbox would add more contrast (assuming the inner walls of the softbox are silver. As always, great lesson, and enjoyable to watch. Thanks Karl.

  4. How good it is to be able to see the content with subtitles in Spanish. That being the case, I think I will be subscribed to the web for a lifetime. Excellent work!

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