When you're first getting started with artificial lighting, knowing where to place the lights can be a bit daunting. This helpful video will show you five classic positions that are fundamental to lighting.
Coming to you from Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens, this great video shows you how to place a light to achieve five classic configurations. The first thing to note is that these are just the basis of a setup: you can use them as is or build out from them with fill lights, hair lights, and more. Nonetheless, you can get a tremendous amount of variation out of a single light and an octabox, and it's worth working with a simple setup at first to really begin to understand (and commit to memory) how different positions and heights create different results. When you're playing with this, also remember what affects the hardness of light:
- Distance: the closer your light is to your subject, the softer it will be.
- Size: the bigger your light is (as determined by the modifier you use), the softer it will be.
Once you spend some time experimenting, you'll get a feel for each setup and be able to replicate or modify it fairly quickly.