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Understanding the KEY LIGHT, FILL LIGHT, and HAIR LIGHT (and Rim/Kicker) for Portrait Photography

11/04/2023 Matt 0 Comments

So, for those just starting in portrait photography, understanding the significance of the key light and how it interacts with other lights in the setup is essential to capturing stunning and expressive portraits. 

A portrait lighting setup can involve various lights, each serving different purposes, such as background lights, hair lights, and rim lights. However, the key light remains the primary source that conveys information about the subject's form. For those new to photography, it is recommended to start by learning how to use a single light as your key light and then gradually introduce more lights into your setup as you become more proficient.

As you delve deeper into this captivating field, keep experimenting and learning to master the art of portrait lighting.


About Ed Verosky

I’m a photographer specializing in creative portraiture.  I also teach portraiture and lighting techniques encouraging the use of less gear and more creativity to get the job done. In my experience, connecting with the subject and having fun with the process results in more interesting pictures.I want to help you become a better, happier photographer. Let's Get Connected: | Instagram  | Subscribe to his YouTube channel:

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