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Use 1 light to Create 5 Different High Key Beauty Portraits

Having a clean white background portrait is a pretty classic look for both headshot and beauty photography, but it can be a hard look to achieve if you don't have multiple lights. In this quick tutorial I will break down how you can control your lighting to get 5 different high key portraits while using just one light.

In order to achieve these looks I used one Profoto flash (any flash will work though) a C-Stand from Savage Universal which allowed me to clamp diffusion and have my light all on one stand, and some material to reflect light and to absorb light. I chose to use some v-flats from V-Flat World. Check out the video below to see a full breakdown of each different look.

Each of these portraits was back lit through standard diffusion that you can find in any 5-in-1 reflector kit. By introducing different reflective or anti-reflective surfaces I was able to control and shape the light to create different looks.

Look 1

Look 2

Look 3

Look 4

Look 5

If you want to take your photography to the NEXT LEVEL, and create some amazing images for your portfolio, click here, and in the meantime, download my FREE lighting guide here!

Until Next Time,

Jeff Carpenter

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