Learn with Calumet: Flat lighting for portrait photography.

The essence of photography finds its foundations upon the workings of light and shadow, or as the Italian masters of Renaissance Art would call it Chiaroscuro. And when it comes to portrait lighting, the use of light and shadow has very different effects on the final image. In order to create some common ground between photographers, Rory Lewis has put together a few key photography lighting setups that you should get to know.

Flat Lighting

Flat lighting is simply lighting with minimal shape or shadows. It generally lacks contrast and is not light sculpting, but is in no way “flat” in terms of the impact it can make on an image. Usually the light source is centered and lower in front of the subject. It provides stunning results for beauty photography.

flat lighting set up

Flat lighting illuminates the subject, however it doesn’t bring out depth nor detail.
black and white boy's portrait

Equipment List

Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Monolight

Profoto Umbrella Deep Silver L

X2 Profoto 120cm Reflector – Silver/White

If you’re looking for the right camera to help you achieve the Rembrandt effect, head on over to our camera range to find the right one for you. And if you need some help, get in touch with us on social media, call us on 0333 003 5000, email us at customer.support@calphoto.co.uk, or see our Help Centre for FAQ and answers.

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