Three light portrait setups don’t get much simpler than this: all you need for this punchy, high-key portrait lighting setup is 3 umbrellas, a suitable background & model. 2 silver umbrellas create the rim lighting that’s visible on the model’s face & shoulders, while a Focus 110 umbrella from the front fills the shadows and adds extra illumination on the background. The Focus 110 also means you can easily control the hardness or softness of the shadows, depending on the look you’re going for.
This simple lighting setup, which is suitable for those working in either a small or large studio, uses just two lights with reflectors, positioned either side of the model. Used facing away from the model, the lights reflect off the nearby studio walls, which creates a lovely soft, flattering light for portrait photography. A very simple setup that uses affordable modifiers, this two light setup is easily adjustable too, depending on the look you want.
This setup is perfect if you’re just starting out as it doesn’t get simpler than this. Ideal for those working in small studios, this setup uses just one bare bulb light. The effect of this, with the light reflecting off the white walls of the studio, is similar to what you would expect on a sunny afternoon. A bare bulb might not be the first modifier that comes to mind but it's a great example of how you can achieve amazing results with minimal equipment.
This setup is perfect for small studio spaces (though it does require some modification to the space). For the lighting, three carefully positioned lights shining into the white studio wall on one side of the model combined with a large softbox on the opposite side serve to create a very contoured yet flattering light. Ideal for single or group portraiture, this setup produces a lovely soft, fresh light using just two types of modifiers — it doesn’t get much simpler for a 4 light setup!