Laws of Light: Three point lighting for portraiture


posted Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:30 AM EST


Jay P. Morgan with The Slanted Lens has published a new video as part of his Laws of Light video series. In the latest video, seen below, he discusses three point lighting.

Three point lighting involves a key light, fill light and background light and is typically used within a studio setting. It's a common and versatile lighting setup and there are many ways you can control overall lighting within the general three point lighting framework. Being comfortable with a three-light setup is very important because it's frequently used not only for portraits, but for interview lighting as well. Further, the setup can be extensively augmented, so it's an excellent building block. If you don't have three separate lights, Morgan will also show how to utilize two lights and reflection to achieve a similar result.

If you'd like to see more ways you can set up lights for portraits, you should check out another one of Morgan's Laws of Light videos below. The video from March shows off five basic portrait lighting setups.

(Via The Slanted Lens