FREE Cheat Sheet for Strobist Portrait Lighting

November 12, 2010 · 0 comments

in Equipment,portraiture,Resources,Tutorials

Until now, I’ve always shot portraits either with ambient light, or with my Elinchom studio lights. Tristan from PhotoComment got me hooked on strobist lighting, and although it was a little tricky at first, the benefits of a completely wireless set up are endless, especially when you’re as clumsy as I am!

The trickiest part about strobe lighting was getting used to not having a modeling light (as you have with studio lights), however I discovered this nifty portrait lighting Cheat Sheet.

The Cheat Sheet demonstrates 3 possible angles for the flash: 45 degrees downwards towards the subject, 45 degrees upwards towards the subject, and 0 degrees directly towards the subject.

You can use this Cheat Sheet as a guideline for using a single flash, or with multiple strobes you will be able to estimate what effect each additional light will create. Bear in mind that with multiple lights you’ll need to adjust the power setting on the extra strobes.

You can download a high res version of the Cheat Sheet here.

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