Intermediate Portrait Lighting

This week I have put together a collection of helpful portrait lighting diagrams; along with all the equipment used to capture them. Choosing the right equipment for your photoshoots can make your life much easier. Calumet Rental and Calumet stores are indeed the heaven for the photographer with everything you need to create amazing portraiture of your own. Don’t forget a good light meter is essential, you will be surprised, I have taught a great deal of budding photographers in my workshops, and many have never used a light meter. I recommend the Sekonic L-308S, it’s simple to use and will ensure accuracy in your metering.


Black Backdrop Rim Lighting:

Rim Lighting Portrait London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Equipment List:

Camera Fuji XT1 & 18-135mm Lens Kit 

Lighting X3 Bowens 400 RX Strobes

Backdrop Calumet Black 2.72M Seamless Backdrop Paper

X2 Bowens Lumiair Strip 100 Softboxes 

x1 Bowens 21″ White Beauty Dish

X2 Matthews Flags 18×24″

Location Portrait:

Location Portrait Lighting Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Equipment List:

Camera Mamiya Leaf Credo 40 Digital back with Mamiya 645DF

Backdrop Lastolite 5′ x 6′ (1.5mx1.8m) Collapsible Backdrop Grey/White 

Lighting Profoto B2 250 AirTTL To-Go Kit 

Profoto Off Camera Flash Softbox 2″ Octa (60 cm) 

Profoto 80cm Reflector – Black/White

Profoto 80cm Reflector – White/Silver

Contour Lighting

Body Contour Portrait Lighting

Equipment List:

Camera Nikon D750 Digital SLR Camera with 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

Backdrop Calumet Mandarin 2.72m x 11m Seamless 

Lighting x3 Bowens Gemini 500 Pro Flash Heads

x1 Bowens 21″ White Beauty Dish

x2 Bowens 100 Lumiair Softboxes

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