Stunning Two-Light Beauty Set

After the previous 10 chapters demonstrating single light setups, Karl moves on to a number of two light setups and what you can achieve with basic studio equipment.

In this portrait photography class he uses a similar setup to that in Chapter 20. But for this studio lighting setup he goes a step further, adding in an additional light to further enhance the image, resulting in a simple but effective lighting setup.

Watch as Karl walks you through his shooting process, starting with a simple background light before moving on to his key light and its positioning and power settings. Despite the apparent simplicity of this lighting setup, Karl also explains why the positioning of the photographer, model and both lights is crucial.

In this portrait photography class we cover the following:

  • Studio Lighting: How to set up multiple studio lights
  • Two light setup for beauty photography
  • Basic modifiers for studio lighting
  • How to control light in a small studio
  • Portrait photography tips

NOTE: This course is available with English subtitles


  1. Hey Karl,

    I like the content but it’s quite frustrating with all of the back and forth manually adjusting the power of the lights. Why not just setup your lights on groups (group 1 = Key, group 2 = Fill, Group 3 = BG) for example and then because you are using the standard Elinchrom transmitter that you can just adjust the power to individual lights with 1 click = 1/10th stop. Or just get a Elinchrom EL-Skyport so you can see the power of your lights on your transmitter. Much more efficient. Just a thought and it will save a LOT of time in your videos so energy can be focused on instruction vs adjustments.

  2. Karl.. I notice you almost always use a ladder to gain a 10-40 cm height over the eye line of the model. Obviously, nothing is universal, and the resulting slightly top down angle creates great results. Do you have anything more to add to this point other than it being a great angle?

    1. Hi, I find often on beauty shots (upper body to head shots) that I’m either at models eye line or above it. For me that just works, the eyes open up a bit and it just looks a bit more fresh. However that’s not always the case. On fashion shots they are usually 3/4 to full length and I’m shooting from lower to make the model look more imposing and powerful. We have a big series of new fashion and beauty shots coming over the next 12 months or so where you will see these variations.

    1. Hi Shana, in this shoot and most head shots I shoot from slightly above. In fashion shots I often shoot from below to make the model and clothes look more empowering.

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