🥇 Dark Beauty Portrait with Two Lights ( Color Grading & Retouching)

4/22/2020 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Dark Beauty Portrait with Two Lights

Welcome to episode 2 of how Nathan got the shot of some of his favorite portraits like this "Dark Beauty Portrait with Two Lights". This video has 4 parts, the behind the scenes on set, the gear that he uses,  the lighting setup,  and the color grading and the retouching.


For this specific portrait, he is using a two lights setup: his main light is Strobepro X 600 Pro and on that, he has the 47-inch deep Octobox metered to f/8. It is placed slightly behind the model, the light still travels across the model's face and shoulder.

StrobePro X 600 Pro

His second light is another StrobePro X 600 Pro and it's acting as his fill. That lights meter to around F 2.8 and it's got a blue gel attached to it which is housed inside of a large Profoto deep umbrella.

StrobePro X 600 Pro


As you can see, it is quite easy to get a striking portrait of a female model using 2 lights, but what makes the difference is the post-processing of the image, making it different.

You may also like: " Backlight: Female Portrait with 3 Lights in the Studio ( and B&W Post-production) "

About Nathan Elson:

I'm a commercial photographer based out of Calgary, AB. My YouTube channel will be a place for my behind the scenes, Q&A, and whatever else happens to make it into video form that seems like people might be interested in viewing. Let's Get Connected: nathanelson.com | LIGHTROOM & CAPTURE ONE PRESET PACKS: https://goo.gl/MnxPEu(Use coupon code COVIDSUCKS for 70% OFF!!!)


Image and video via Nathan Elson


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