Dramatic and Desirable

Elegance, drama, intrigue: this sophisticated setup has it all.

Elegance and drama come together in this, the final chapter in our four-light setup demonstrations.

In this photography class, Karl and Urs use small pockets of light to reveal just the right amount of exposure in key areas. Through careful control of their four lights, they are able to create a sense of luxury and desirability.

Though the final result may look complicated, this setup is in fact an easy-to-follow setup that requires just four lights and basic modifiers.

In this portrait photography class:

  • Studio photography: How to shoot portrait images
  • How to take creative portrait images using four lights
  • How to control shadows
  • Lighting modifiers and their effects
  • How to create emotion with light


    1. Hi, for fashion and beauty work it is usually preferable to have a greater depth of field to show skin, makeup or in this case jewellery and keep it all sharp as that is the purpose of the image that is what is required. In soft portrait work where there is no requirement to show anything other than the persons face then often photographers prefer a shallow depth of field by using larger apertures such as f2 etc.

  1. I am glad I started studying how to photography Jewelry over 10 years ago with models and separately. The product and Portrait Photography have been helpful. Hope to see more jewelry shots with models or product shots when you have the time.

  2. Could you please tell me what Urs called that black rectangular piece of material? Can you buy it or did he just make it and fix it with velcro?? Results look lovely! Great course thanks very much!

  3. Such a beautiful look!! A great use of the soft box and grids. This course has been amazing. I’ve learned so much. I know I’ve watched all setups from 1-4 lights but practice wise I’m still at the one light setups for portraits. I re watch before trying setups and usually I see some things I either forgot or missed first time around. It has been very inspiring for sure.

  4. I have watched and listened to chapters 1 -15 on Portraits and also some of the chapters on one, two or three light set-ups. For the purpose of my question, let’s agree that Speedlites are Flashes only while Strobes have both flash and modelling lamps. My question is, when using a four light set up for example, you will have a key/main light, a backlight, rim light or hair lights etc. in this instance I understand the lights are the modelling lamps that are positioned in varied angles for the shoot. When the final shoot is taken, do you use all the flashes from the 4 Strobes or just one flash and others are the modelling lamps?

    1. Hi Laurenta, no we always use the flash part from each and all of the lights, we never use the modelling lamps for any part of the lighting. Modelling lamps are purely so we can see what the direction of the light will look like.

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