Beauty Lighting Techniques

Beauty images traditionally make use of hard lighting, but it can be tricky controlling shadows, textures and contrast to ensure minimal imperfections in the image.

In just two hours Karl covers all you need to know about beauty lighting – from makeup requirements to lighting angles and post-production requirements – and shows you how to achieve a great beauty portrait using just three lights.

He clearly explains what modifiers are best to use, how to use them, how to reveal texture (and how much to reveal) and how directional light can have a great impact.

He also demonstrates a number of alternative lighting settings, explaining how just minor adjustments in lighting can make a difference and why it’s important to understand the inverse square law in order to achieve the best possible results.

This is an information packed show that will change the way you understand both beauty images and hard light.

In this class:

More in-depth information on many of the topics covered in this live show can be found in our Portrait section. There is also a useful guide to parabolic reflectors and their effects in our blog.

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.


  1. I hope people appreciate the shear amount of incredibly useful information shown in this single session alone, gathered through years of experience. As a CG artist looking to move away from the virtual, the rendering software forced me to understand the laws of light and I think aspiring photographers need to fully grasp that the camera brand, the composition, the “gear” is completely secondary to learning how to see and sculpt light. It’s the literal translation of the greek origins of the word photo-graphy: writing with light.

    And wonderful Evie has a Grace Kelly vibe…

    1. Hi, the Para was approximately 2m from the model and the P70 about 1.5m but this may have been slightly less for both.

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