Best lighting for simple portraits

Started Dec 13, 2007 | Discussions thread
photolando Veteran Member • Posts: 3,008
Re: Best lighting for simple portraits

I have to agree. I do see a lot of "cool" or "edgy" type portraiture out there but to be honest, very classic lighting and posing still out sells anything else. I do a lot of classical type portraits and sell 16x20s and 20x24s all the time. Most people really don't want a big "artsy" type portrait on their walls. And you make a lot more money with larger prints than you will 5x7s and 8x10s.

My lighting is a med. or large Chimera as my main, a large reflector and a hairllight and maybe a background light. Use mostly Rembrant or closed look lighting. Doesn't get any more simple than that. But learning how to place the light and pose the subjects is where the talent comes in.

Mike Collins
'Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.'

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