Basic Portrait Lighting Techniques

This video by DayfloLighting discusses the concepts behind he main 3 point lighting for portrait studio photography.

The video looks at positioning the fill, key and hair lights for your shot in term of distance, angle and position relative to your subject. The video goes hand in hand with another video we recently posted entitled: “A Look at the Five Main Portraiture Lighting Patterns” by  Ed Verosky which you should make sure to check out as well.

You can find many more videos on technique, tutorials and general explanations about using lighting in photography on our photography lighting section here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.