Lighting ratios and classic portrait lighting styles such as rembrandt lighting, loop lighting and butterfly lighting are important lighting recipes for every portrait photographer to know. The second session in our studio lighting course aims to lay a foundation of traditional portrait styles before moving into more trendy styles later in the course.

The second class in our comprehensive studio lighting program focuses on minimalist classic portrait lighting recipes such as rembrandt, broad, short, loop, and butterfly lighting styles. We’ll work with positioning one light to produce these various lighting styles while making use of reflectors to help control contrast and lighting ratios. We’ll also take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of adding a second light to the mix.

The lab session provides a live shooting environment for students to practice what they’ve learned so far. Students will be presented with a number of example images and asked to determine what lights and modifiers were used. Students will then work together to recreate similar images with live models while the instructor provides guidance.

What’s Included?


  • Detailed interactive demo class full of technical information and lighting theory
  • Hands-on lab session with live models and group collaboration
  • Classic lighting styles and their uses in modern photography
  • Rembrandt Lighting
  • Loop and Butterfly Lighting
  • Broad and Short Lighting
  • Understanding Lighting Ratios
  • Controlling contrast with reflectors


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