Intro to Studio Lighting Diagrams

This weekend I taught an "Introduction to Studio Lighting and Posing" class at the Photo Connection of Colchester, CT. It was among several classes I taught this weekend including "Introduction to Portrait Retouching", "Creativity Morning, Noon and Night", "Raindrop Reflections" and "Organization in the Digital Age". They typically bring me to their store about two times each year to teach on a variety of topics and its always a GREAT time. Not only are the store owners extremely sweet and nice and professional... but the students are always very enthusiastic and eager to learn.

During the demonstration (Saturday 1pm-5pm) I shot tethered (connected to my MacBook Pro) using Lightroom 3 's tethered capture mode, so that the images I was shooting during demo would appear on the projection screen for all to see. Here are some of the sample diagrams from my basic lighting setups. For this demo Westcott Lighting provided the lighting including three 400 Watt strobes, barn doors, and softbox.

For this blog post I will provide diagrams, and in subsequent posts I'll include a little behind-the-scenes video and some other images resulting from the class.

I think that there are a variety of great setups that can be achieved using just 1 or 2 lights, and these images illustrate some basic setups.

Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Paramount Lighting: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Paramount Lighting: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Loop Lighting: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Loop Lighting: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Rembrandt Lighting: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Rembrandt Lighting: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Rembrandt with Fill Lighting: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Rembrandt with Fill Lighting: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Rembrandt with Background Light Lighting: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Rembrandt with Background Light Lighting: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Rembrandt with Kicker Light Lighting: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Rembrandt with Kicker Light Lighting: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Split Lighting: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Split Lighting: By Lindsay Adler 
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Back 45, Short Rembrandt Lighting: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Back 45, Short Rembrandt Lighting: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Softbox with Kicker Light: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Softbox with Kicker Light: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Softbox with Background Light Lighting: By Lindsay Adler
Intro to Lighting Diagrams: Softbox with Background Light Lighting: By Lindsay Adler