Sexy and Sensual

Boost your boudoir skills with this beautiful setup.

As Karl and Urs continue to explore creative studio lighting setups, they use just three lights to create this sexy boudoir style shot.

It’s an easy and effective setup that can be modified to achieve a few different looks. After Urs explains the concept of lens flare and how to avoid it, Karl decides to incorporate it into the shot in a creative way.

In this class:

  • Portrait photography: Boudoir photography
  • Lens flare: How to avoid it
  • How to use lens flare for creative effect
  • Lighting ratios for studio photography
  • How to control studio light exposure
  • How to create hard/soft light
  • Creative rim light setup

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.


  1. Hi Karl,

    A great creative light setup as usual. Love how the blue silk fabric works with the black lingerie where both colors are my top favorite colors actually.

    I’ve got a question more into the creative than the technical side.

    What do you think concerning this light setup tweak: ?

    – turn down the back rim lightning to a less power but keeping their position
    – turning the front light power up making it the dominant light and increasing the sparkle on the skin plus keeping its position right in front of the model but lifting it higher a little bit and feathering it downwards to avoid flatness and create some shadows downwards.

    your creative opinion concerning the above would be much appreciated where unfortunately I ain’t got a chance to try such a setup at the moment.

  2. Poor Eve just lying there. I guess modeling is not all that glamorous. Lol.

    I love the way you experiment with everything. Tenacity is a photographer’s tool.

    Thank you for this video.

    1. Ahh yes the life of a model, never as glamorous as it seems, just watch Fashionscape in our fashion section to see!

  3. Gary Stasiuk

    The metal sheet reflector .. that is not a thin sheet of stainless.. it seems far lighter in weight. What and where am I looking for exactly to source this out?

    1. Hi Gary, yes it is a thin sheet of polished stainless steel. I think it’s about 2mm thick, from the local hardware store. You could try sign companies, metal workshops etc.

  4. I think in my studio I tend to overcomplicate things.

    You guys tend to make it look so easy. I must remember to watch more of your tutorials before my next photo shoot.

  5. Great lighting. Though personally I prefer the non-flared version, just looks sharper. Interesting the flare increasing the exposure like it does.

  6. Hi Karl, not sure if you mentioned it in the video, but I wondered where your focus point would be, would it still be on the models eye or in the centre of the model.

  7. A great session. I definitely learned some stuff in this course. I like that you tried that variation of lighting with and without flare. Very nice effect both ways.

  8. Definitely enjoyed the shoot. The amount of effort and trail and error can only be appreciated by another photographer I think. Karl and Urs was looking good…..

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