Creative Lighting Portraits

M. Mason
For this photo, I set up the lights so that the small one was shining directly behind his head, giving the outline along his shoulders/neck and emphasizing the form of his hair. Then there is the bigger 500 watt light somewhere between split and short. Because his head is facing the bigger light source, we loose his neck to shadow, and it creates an interesting line along his jaw.

Y. Jobin
For this photo I set up one 500 watt light on the ground to create the shadow on the background, and there is also a small light on the right side of his face to eliminate shadows as much as possible.


  1. I really like the simplicity of these portraits. You used the lighting very effectively to achieve dramatic and bold shots, especially the photo of your friend with the mohawk, I think it's a great portrait.

  2. I love the mohawk one too. Simple but effective.

  3. Mohawk shot is strong, but even better if you raise the light behind his head so it's level with his head. Then you illuminate the hair more fully.