Introduction to Studio Photography Lighting Lecture [VIDEO]

Introduction to Studio Photography Lighting Lecture [VIDEO]


If you’re looking for a good introduction to studio lighting the following video may be a good place to start.

It is a 2 hour video (so grab a drink and make yourself comfortable) featuring Joey Quintero from B&H Photo and Video.

Some of what’s covered in this lecture:

  • ratios of light
  • continuous 1 light setups with reflectors
  • continuous 2 light setups, the rim light
  • tips on using a flash/ambient meter
  • studio flas/umbrella set ups
  • studio flash/softbox setups
  • studio flash/beauty dish set up

There’s much more too!

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some Older Comments

  • Raj June 20, 2013 11:35 pm

    It says that the video has been marked private!

  • PaulB January 15, 2012 02:04 am

    Thanks for this one. Always an area that needs practice! Especially light meters

  • Jess December 9, 2011 10:57 am

    Can we see the follow up sessions?

  • guycares December 6, 2011 03:49 pm

    Thanks for jumping in.

    I guess I have play around with f stop , shutter, and ISO to see what I will get.

    keep on shooting.

  • macdane December 6, 2011 04:12 am

    @guycares Or, if you're outdoors, you have no control over your background light (the sun). So set your aperture where you want it, set your ISO where you want it, then adjust shutter speed until background looks the way you want it. Next, move to your model and adjust your strobes until the subject meters f/11 (or whatever aperture you've chosen and already set in your camera). Hope this helps!

  • macdane December 6, 2011 04:07 am

    @guycares No, that's not quite right but his explanation glossed over that a bit. First, you decide what aperture you want to shoot; let's say f/11. Adjust any light(s) on your subject until you meter f/11. Then you have a separate light(s) on your background. You now move back to the background and adjust those lights until the background meters f/16. As he keeps saying, this is just a starting point but should work well.

  • guycares December 4, 2011 08:13 am

    Let me see if I understand this. Your subject reads w/lightmeter f11 250sec. Your back ground should be shot @ f16( I forget up or down). You change your shutterspeed to 125 to get the background @ f16 but your subject will remain @f11 for the correct exposure. This does not work? Do we have an expert to answer this? This is DPS. Somebody jump in and set me staight.

  • wade December 3, 2011 06:13 pm

    Joey talks in 3rd person a little too much.

  • Radek December 3, 2011 01:53 am

    @ macdane
    thats what he said, and Im not being it either. But we all have our rituals and preconceptions.

    sorry, I can't seem to see the relevance?

  • macdane December 3, 2011 01:48 am

    At about 18 minutes, he seems to imply that shooting at 1/250 is "stressing the camera out" and that shooting at 1/125 will prolong the life of the shutter. I've never heard of such a thing and it strikes me as hooey. Did I misunderstand him?

  • guycates December 2, 2011 07:08 pm

    He uses camras that handle flash speeds up to 500. My med format film cam can use a shutter speed of 500. He doesn't own a cam he rents for the type of shoot.

  • guycates December 2, 2011 07:01 pm

    Can I get the pdf?

  • David December 2, 2011 12:19 pm

    Hi, watched most of intro to studio lighting; could have been good but needed a mike on the audience, being able to see the projected images and occasionally a model.

  • Mayur December 2, 2011 08:18 am

    To make a long story short :) i saw the whole video and as a Beginner i found it very useful and infornative

  • Radek November 30, 2011 08:39 am

    I enjoyed it (valid points for poor audio on the questions from the audience), but the host fails badly to explain the irrelevance of shutter speed for strobes @ ca. 1:45. Im sure its not a case of “if you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough”. It would be enough to say "strobe (soft fox) gives out *all* the light needed to properly light the model @ f11 in time much shorter then shutter speeds needed to expose the background properly, so 1/100 or 1/200 doesn't change a thing"

  • Dennis Mitchell November 28, 2011 01:24 pm

    Lots of info on light choices and controlling light for those of us new to studio lighting gear. Not being able to hear the questions and comments from the participants was the down side of the video. Given B&H has pro audio gear, a good PZM or condenser mic would have been a quick and easy solution, and made the video much easier to sit through.

  • Erik Kerstenbeck November 28, 2011 12:21 pm

    High Key lighting and exposure is very flattering for Models young and old

  • Erik Kerstenbeck November 28, 2011 12:19 pm

    Shooting pretty 20 year olds in the Studio is simple, but making a plus size older woman look great is a real art

    Check this one!

  • Erik Kerstenbeck November 28, 2011 12:15 pm

    In this shoot we featured our "Own Biggest Loser"...she has made a total transformation!

  • Erik Kerstenbeck November 28, 2011 12:13 pm


    We have been doing a lot of Studio Work recently - here is a behind the scenes image and result

  • That Photog November 28, 2011 08:54 am

    Made it about half way through. It is pretty rough to watch a Q&A session when you can't hear the Qs. Seemed like a base level group or people so they discuss a lot of simple things quite a bit. Could be a good video for a beginner but the format gets old fast.

  • Average Joe November 28, 2011 02:36 am

    Can't wait to watch this! ...though I think I'll have to. A two hour video on my phone while trapped in a car doesn't seem like the best way...