How to Get Lots of Looks Out of Just One Lighting Setup

Artificial lighting can open up a wide world of creative possibilities and looks not possible with just natural light, but it can also be a bit tedious to work with when you have to set up more complex designs. So, why not maximize the number of looks you can get out of one lighting setup? This excellent video will show you how to get lots of different shots without changing the setup. 

Coming to you from Mark Wallace with Adorama TV, this excellent video will show you how he gets a lot of different looks from a single lighting setup. Of course, in order to give yourself that versatility, your initial setup is going to be more intricate. For example, in this scenario, Wallace uses five lights: a key light, a large softbox for fill, two kickers, and a speedlight for a vignette. But that extra effort at the start pays off, as you can then group the lights and turn them on and off and vary their power for a variety of setups that can be accessed instantly. This is especially useful if, for example, you have limited time with a model and need multiple looks or if you are doing a bunch of portraits for a large group and do not want to cycle through different setups with every new person. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Wallace. 

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