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5 Intermediate Three Light Set-Ups: 4 & 5

Lesson 27 from: Studio Lighting 101

Lindsay Adler

5 Intermediate Three Light Set-Ups: 4 & 5

Lesson 27 from: Studio Lighting 101

Lindsay Adler

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27. 5 Intermediate Three Light Set-Ups: 4 & 5

Learn to use your lights to create a high key spill light. Finally, create a high key clamshell lighting in the final intermediate three-light set-up.


Class Trailer

Day 1


Studio Essentials: Shutter Speed


Studio Essentials: Flash Exposure


Studio Essentials: White Balance


Light Principles: Inverse Square Law


Lighting Patterns


Shoot: Demo Lighting Patterns


Quality of Light and Modifiers


Shoot: Choosing a Modifier - Diffusion and Grid


Shoot: Choosing a Modifier - Umbrellas


Shoot: Choosing a Modifier - Softboxes


Shoot: Choosing a Modifier - Extra Stuff


10 One Light Set-ups: 1 and 2


10 One Light Set-ups: 3 to 5


10 One Light Set-ups: 6 to 10


One Light Set-ups: Pop Quiz


Day 2


FAQ for Purchasing Studio Light Part 1


FAQ for Purchasing Studio Light Part 2


FAQ for Purchasing Studio Light Part 3


10 Two Light Set-Ups: 1 and 2


10 Two Light Set-Ups: 3 to 6


10 Two Light Set-Ups: 7 to 10


5 Two Light Set-Ups: 1 & 2


5 Two Light Set-Ups: 3 to 5


5 Basic Three Light Set-Ups: 1 & 2


5 Basic Three Light Set-Ups: 3 to 5


5 Intermediate Three Light Set-Ups: 1 to 3


5 Intermediate Three Light Set-Ups: 4 & 5


10 Common Lighting Mistakes


Day 3


Solving 12 Common Problems of Studio Lighting: 1


Solving 12 Common Problems of Studio Lighting: 2 to 6


Solving 12 Common Problems of Studio Lighting: 7


Solving 12 Common Problems of Studio Lighting: 8


Solving 12 Common Problems of Studio Lighting: 9


Solving 12 Common Problems of Studio Lighting: 10 to 12


Portrait Lighting: 1, 2, and 3 Lights


Beauty Lighting: 1, 2, and 3 Lights


Lighting Groups: 1, 2, and 3 Lights


Lighting for Drama: 1, 2, and 3 Lights


Your First Studio Lighting


Lesson Info

5 Intermediate Three Light Set-Ups: 4 & 5

Hi key spill I can I can leave well, yeah, if you don't mind we're going to use that large shoot through umbrella in practice to take a look at making a really high key shot with a large shoot through umbrella here it's a seven foot shoot through westcott umbrella and the one that I said was pretty like a good deal is like ninety nine dollars and it just gives you really wide and wrapping light so I'm going for super high key here however, I am going to purposefully put spill on either side of her face so I want to start with that I'm going to open up these barn doors, pull back these lights a little bit and I actually want some of this light to hit her face depending on what strobe you have if you have one of those strokes with the dome that sticks out it's easy to do this, the light just kicks everywhere these were made so that they don't kick, but sometimes you want it too, so we're goingto work with that, which we call this real quick tangled I mean, can you take a step and a half ...

back could go in? You're going ok, so what I was looking at and we pop it off real quick so I'm going to take a quick shot of this to show you guys that I am getting fear I am getting spill from those lights on either side of her face if I pull her up further they go away let me take a test and I'm just going to a picture of your face basically that seo let me switch back to color holan all right, so I start to get some spill on her face I don't like the spill on her nose so when implore puts a little bit okay one a half step like tiny right there get all right I have set back I'm wiggling to try to get just the right amount spilled another half step okay something like that so I start to get a little bit of highlight on either side of her face ok just a little bit and what I thought I turned this back to color holding okay, so now let me add that shoot through umbrella and the light is going to be really, really broad and really soft and I'm going to bring it in as close as I feel comfortable and as flat to the cameras I feel comfortable and the whole idea here is I know I want like really really high key so can you grab me that phil card? I know I don't want shadows I'm gonna fill in the shadows on the side I'm appreciate when after okay it's looking good let's do a wake so it's going to be like a very flat, glowing, even light. And tomorrow we'll talk about over exposing the background. I want to show you real quick, even though you're not supposed to, but we do it on purpose real quick. Can you pump up the background? Um, I was talking at lunch with some of the lovely audience members. Let's do seven. Talking to some of the lovely audience members here about when I would learn different setups in school, in college or a class I took. I was really worried about the ratios. I was really worried about. The distance of light was really worried about where he placed the light. And so I learned all these rules, and so I thought, then I had to stick to them because I spend all this effort learning them. And so it took me a long time to break the rules. So, for example, here we got the background correctly white, not overexposed, but I want to see what it looks like when I start wrapping it around. I wanted to be overexposed wrapped around her face. Let's, try this cool and take a half that ford that was a little a little more than half step come this way you get good, okay, so now this is going to be really, really glowing it's over exposed in the back on and how you can tell that you look over her left shoulder there's a little bit of flair there it starts to wrap around her a little bit yeah go for it so you see how there's like a little bit of a hot spot there I think it looks nice it's ok to do that so the more that you learn the more that you practice you know when it's ok to say break that particular rule have that hot spot on that side and I want to do one more to show directly behind me what? This looks like I mentioned how with a big light source like this I can actually stand in front of it and the light wraps around me enough that it's not going to create a big shadow on her I have like a cool and I'm sure so it's even more convenient, perfect and have one more step back like one more. Okay, so something like this it's going to wrap around her and I'm goingto have you pump that up a little bit your test okay, perfect okay can pump it up make just a tiny bit more three little cliques carrier and it could go down so the light is going to be totally flat totally frontal you could flatten it out with more phil it was just like really even really flat it's a little bit over exposing the background wrapped her in a tiny bit but I like it so this lighting said of is two lights in the background and shoot through umbrella the bigger the better for the softer light source you can overexpose the background a little bit if you wanted to have that glowing feeling that search to wrap around I have the light nice and flat and if you wanted to make it even more glowy, you could go ahead and add a reflector or you can leave that I like that little shadow underneath urchin makes a nice little shape of her jaw line okay, very last it up we'll pop this round okay, so the last thing brings ah bunch of them together soft box behind beauty dish in front with a clamshell another light below remember is are there questions while we finagle this set up? Yet with that last shot I'm assuming you would because of the size of the umbrella could do three quarter maybe even pulling yeah, definitely. I think for that I can easily get away with three quarter the issue for me would be I probably would just have to figure out how to back up because at that distance I was her. If I shoot wide angle, she checks to get distorted but if I could find a way or just even getting lower then yeah, it would the light would be fine full length for that one we're putting on this one bt dish okay, but on the other questions I can feel camera angles because I noticed sometimes you squat down and say you're not six feet tall so you're not going to get an upper angle this is an excellent point first of all, if I were tall I would almost never be standing in part of the reason as are standing up straight part of the reason is is any time I am eye level with her or at all taller, I'm going to make her look shorter so even like even three quarter length because I'm shooting a slightly downward angle but when I'm scratching ideally I'm not crouching here because what that is and shooting up her nose and whatever is closest to the cameras largest in this case it would be her stomach I'm crouching here and that's not that's, not flattering even for a super skinny person. So what I dio is I back up for a three quarter length like you saw me doing and I get down and that makes her look taller and then when I create those curves it gives me like a longer line to follow for headshots what I'm looking for is I'm looking for when I can see a neck if I'm too high up and her shoulders blending with her, her neck and her jaw line that's not flattering for women, so I usually I'm just getting down a little bit more so I see a little bit longer neck and part of that's posing a lift to the top of the head please okay, lean fortune now and down pull your shoulders down I'm trying to show a neck, but part of its my angle as well and I do often have apple boxes for when I need a different angle cousin shirt all right, way use it for the light, but usually because I'm short okay, so, um, let me give a test all these things, so I'm gonna build the light while you you cannot finagle this one if you want. All right, we're going to build this one. Can you step right back against that soft blocks is what we're talking about before let's take a test and I'm not meet a ring I could meet her I'm just not so let's try sixteen, okay, all right, those highlights are bright, but I like them. I think it's a good amount of rightness, they're not super super blown out all right, so then I'm going to pop that on and dial it down a little bit I'm currently shooting at six, three that's what that background was set for so I want that main light when I click this I want this main light to also read somewhere around six three so way pass it to you and hold the push that big button for me and all the right next to your face ok, that was not what it's actually think. Six, three o six years well downside of this those I'm going to move it because this is not where like a beauty dish I could be initial little bit closer for that sweet spot of light so I'm gonna move afford a tad too like right here and raise it up just a bit. Okay, so now it's going to get a little bit brighter and get a test but that ranks your face perfect six three way test it so here that we have so far okay beautiful glowing light from behind nice shape of light in our face from that beauty dish and I'm going to fill in and control the shadows by adding a silver dish below and we have it turned down to start with to its lowest power because we know that the silver dish is going to concentrate a lot of light and there is going to pop in a little bit of filet and right here good whoa ho still hot so so this is all the way down okay let's problems off what would you like I would have you guys plan out in your head what would you do in this case I have this light turned down and its lowest power and it's still blowing everything out still really over exposed ok so the first thing I could do is increase distance I could pull it back sample by just a little bit I'll tell you the next thing in my head that I would do so he pulled it back a little bit and it did help so it looks pretty nice a little bright so ok overall I could close down just a little bit and see if if it looks too bottom lip so it doesn't look too bad at all he pulled it back just a little bit not bad another thing that I could dio is if this light is at its lowest power and it's still too bright but I like where the other ones were I can increase the power of those lights so bear with me ready so that one is as low as I can get it and I'm shooting at six three for those it's still too bright if I turn those other two lights up to be brighter aito s eleven now I have to close down here and when I make that whole smaller less light gets in everywhere so this one will appear darker as well so I could do that route and I don't have to use the silver reflector. Same thing is, before I could use a strip light, I could use a small, soft box. I could use a shoot, their umbrella. I mean, I probably wouldn't, but you could use it. And for those of you who would say, well, why wouldn't you? The catch light, I think, would be weird to be an umbrella blow, one more beautiful. Okay, so that's, this is the shot that I like, this last one. That was the first one was correctly exposed, but I liked over exposed on the skin a little bit makes it a little bit glory, or particularly for women. Ok, so that was thirty five set ups.

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Ratings and Reviews


If you're on the fence about this class I can easily answer your concerns. BUY IT. Lindsay provides top notch professional education while keeping things interesting. Her words are precise and direct. I actually felt GOOD just watching and learning. I mean, like someone surprised me with a cupcake kinda GOOD. After the class I could immediately see improvements in my photography. The best part is that I learned enough to see the wrong in my setups. Knowing what's wrong is just as important as knowing what's right. She is funny, easy going, energetic and filled with knowledge. I would also highly recommend her Posing 101 class as a must have addition to this course. I feel like I have learned more than I could possibly use. I will be going through this course over and over again just to make sure it all sinks in. There's THAT MUCH she offers that you will always learn more with each time you watch. I hope this helps someone make the decision to up their game. That is exactly what it did for me.

Jason Ashley

I loved this course! Lindsay spent so much time with explaining each set-up in-depth that anyone picking up a camera could understand how to accomplish their lighting goals. This course covered so many unique (but, most likely to come across scenarios) and how one would approach the challenge and how to successfully accomplish with incredible results, not average-sub-standard or basic results, but above entry-level standards, high-level, money-generating lighting expertise! ZERO laziness in her explanations to the point where she is constantly refining her course in the middle of the 3 days. Her passion gleams throughout each days lessons with so much energy. You know she really wants her students both in-person and through the screen to be successful in whatever type of lighting they choose to dabble in. I am so happy, I have bookmarked, and i'm so happy and fortunate to have this course to reference for hopefully –everrrr. Thanks!

Beatrice Palma

Hi, I am Beatrice from Italy. I think this class is superb. I finally understood what are the guide lines to follow, I tried for years but never found such a good explanation. Lindsay is a wonderful teacher, she explains in a simple way, she shares a lot of knowledge and she shows in practice what are the results of every single choice. Thank you so much, it was really amazing and super interesting!!!!

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