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Portraits: Get a Soft Light Using a 12 by 12 Scrim

4/05/2022 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

As in his previous videos, Nathan Elson shows us once again all his secrets to get amazing portraits, specifically all the lighting, light modifiers, his position, and even his camera settings, always with the aim of giving you a little inspiration.

In his studio, using three lights he has designed this setup to create a large soft light source like a big window, generating beautiful, soft, flat indirect light.

For the main light, Nathan uses two lights that are firing into medium-deep umbrellas which are then passing through a large 12 by 12 scrim. The third fill light will be a large umbrella with a diffusion panel.  We are going to review each of the lights one by one to see how they affect the final image. 

If we look from the front of the scrim, the lights are still not just positioned randomly behind this scrim, so the lighting is still coming from the front of the model. Light A and light B are still positioned ahead of the model and the reason for that is he always wants to feather the light to get a really nice transition from light to shadow.

Finally, we will see the result of the portrait sequentially, as we add all the lights.

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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: | LIGHTROOM & CAPTURE ONE PRESET PACKS:

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