5 Portrait Lighting Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Lighting for portraits is a nuanced and tricky thing to learn, and it can be easy to make some mistakes along the way. If you are new to working with artificial lighting and looking to improve, check out this great video tutorial that features an experienced photographer discussing five common lighting mistakes portrait photographers make and how to fix them or avoid them entirely. 

Coming to you from Kayleigh June, this excellent video tutorial will show you five common lighting mistakes portrait photographers can make and how to fix them. By far, the most common I see is not including catchlights. When you are trying to learn the ins and outs of lighting and all the technical and creative aspects that go into it, it can be easy to lose track of a small detail like catchlights, but their importance in creating a complete image cannot be overstated, as without them, your subject's eyes will appear rather dull and lifeless. Check out the video above for the full rundown from June. 

If you would like to really dive into lighting for portraiture, be sure to check out "Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley!"

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Paul Trantow's picture

And here's my hip tip: Try a vertical grip.