Soft and Fresh Lighting

Portrait lighting doesn’t come much fresher than this.

Karl Taylor is again joined by broncolor’s Urs Recher as they demonstrate another four light studio setup. In this photography class they use basic modifiers and standard equipment to create a lovely soft light for flattering portraits.

This highly adaptable four-light studio setup, which is ideal for small studios, is perfect for quick yet effective portraits and group shots, as was explained in chapter 38. Karl and Urs expand on that setup and show you exactly how to achieve this almost shadowless high key image.

In this class:

  • Studio photography: How to shoot portrait images
  • How to shoot creative portraiture using four lights
  • Photographing in a small studio
  • How to control light in a small studio space
  • How to set up studio lighting for high key portraiture

To see how to achieve this studio lighting setup with three lights, click here.

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.


  1. Brian R.

    Hi Karl, this is wonderful, ty! Could you clarify, @4:13 I can’t tell where the first light on the left is pointing, into the poly board or between the poly and the wall to maintain overlap? I think @4:42 the light seems mostly on the poly. Otherwise, I think I understand.

  2. Hi Karl ,
    Color stability is the important for the strobes and it is depends on the quality of the strobe . If just one strobe may be not important we can solve the problem on lightroom but if we work with 2 or more than 2 strobes same time can cause a problem i think. I watched your 2-3 videos about 4 lights setup and realized on the lightroom you set or as shot color temperature as 5000k, you use Broncolor thats why no problem but if we use 4 Godox strobes for example and we set 5000k on lightroom, can we get same quality ? thank you

    1. Hi Zee,
      1. It is not often that strobes are off in colour balance by that much as they all use Xenon gas tubes with an electric charge.
      2. The bron ones actually run at about 5800 others run at 5500 but you’d have no problem mixing them as that is a minor colour balance difference and they are both still full spectrum. I haven’t heard of problems with the Godox.

  3. Outstanding detail and attention to all the small things that add up to great photography, appreciate what you both have done here! Thanks again, I’ve learned so much!

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