How to Light a portrait for photography

Portraits come in all shapes and sizes, but follow a few basic guidelines and you'll set the scene for a beautiful and professional shot.

You Will Need

* Work or studio space
* A camera
* A tripod
* A backdrop or natural environment
* Lighting equipment (preferably two lights)
* And a subject
* Tape to mark the floor
* A light meter
* A stool
* Work or studio space
* A camera
* A tripod
* A backdrop or natural environment
* Lighting equipment (preferably two lights)
* And a subject
* Tape to mark the floor
* A light meter
* A stool

Tip: If your subject will be standing, take small pieces of tape and mark the floor for easy foot reference. This makes it simple to find the right position again after a break or stretch. Portraits can be taken using only one light, but the results may create harsh shadows on the face. If your lights are strobe, check your camera's owner's manual to make sure your shutter speed will sync with them. For both male and female subjects, the use of facial powder may reduce any unwanted highlights or shiny reflections.

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