Studio photography: What is three point lighting?

Updated: Nov 12, 2019



While you only need three #lights to set up a three-point lighting system, you can, of course, introduce more to enhance your #image. For example, you may want to add a #background light to add further interest to the image or to suggest a mood.


Continuing with the creative spirit, you may want to also #play with the position of the lights, including height and distance to get different #effects. Changing light modifiers can also give rise to a different look, but as always be aware of where the #shadows are falling when you position them.


If using #flash or #tungsten, it is also a great idea to add one light at a time and study the way the light behaves. How do the lights interact with each other? If the light is overlapping you could end up with hot spots, so don’t forget to #meter as you go.


Ultimately at the end of the day, your lighting #design is only limited by your imagination. Once you understand the basics you can, of course, push the limits further.



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