Enchanting Two-Light Result

Just two lights? Prepare to be enchanted – and inspired.

In this photography class, Karl Taylor and Urs Recher show, step by step, how to create magical lighting with just two lights to produce the professional and stunning result shown below.

For this demonstration, another of Urs’ setups, the pair clearly demonstrate the effect of each individual light before elaborating on the power settings and how to effectively balance the power ratio of the two lights.

In this class:

  • Studio Lighting: How to set up multiple studio lights
  • Two light setup for beauty photography
  • How to create soft light
  • Lighting modifiers: How to use softboxes for creative effect
  • How to control shadows
  • Jewellery photography lighting tips

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.



  1. Hello Karl sir,
    Did we also use white or a silver reflector on lower side rather then a strip box. But strip box give a beautiful light glow on model eyes.

    1. Hi, no in this one you would need the stripbox as the top light wouldn’t reflect enough unless you overexposed and then you’d have problems on the side of the jaw etc.

  2. Wow what a great tutorial this one was. I love the look of the shot. Excellent demonstration of light falloff on the background and how to change it up. URS’s explanation’s like the lower soft box verses the upper. He really helps in understand lighting concepts. Just awesome!

  3. Hi Karl, I know in this set up the lights were more face to face, rather than a “hinged” opposite angle normally used. But is this not a variation of a clam shell set up?

    1. Hi Mark, no this wasn’t really close at all to a ‘clam shell’ set up. If you take note of the models head angle and catch lights in the eyes and strong backlighting it is quite different. There is a standard clam shell set up using soft box and beauty dish in another chapter though if you’d like to compare.

  4. oh yes, i found out in the side page, you mentioned all equipment list! such a professional for education system…. well, than you Karl 🙂

  5. If this was a commercial shoot for the jewellery, I guess the crop would not be this tight?

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