Studio Technique: A Two Light Portrait

“Lighting is really common sense and personal observation. This is applied to a few rules of photography which cannot be broken and to others which I tend to bend a little.”—Paul Beeson

Last Tuesday, I showed a simple one-light portrait setup; this week we add a light but not just any monolight: If you’re looking for European build quality at a reasonable price, Multiblitz’s series of Profilux monolights are a good place to start.Multiblitz Profilux Built in Germany, the two Profilux models—250 and 500 Watt-second versions— are the perfect tool for the serious amateur or established professional and feature fast recycling times, short flash durations, and consistent color temperatures.

For the lighting setup with model Stevie Weisbeck above, the main light is a Profilux 250 monolight that was placed at camera right with the 32-inch umbrella mounted. A raw Profilux 500 is at camera left with the standard reflector mounted, placed behind the model and pointing behind the model’s hair to accent it. An Adorama Bell Drape muslin background was mounted on a JTL background stand.

Multiblitz ProfiluxThe Profilux 250 has a five-stop power range that’s adjustable in 1/10 stop increments with a modeling lamp that delivers an expected service life of 2000 hours. The Profilux 500 delivers all of the same features as the 250 but with twice the output power.

Stevie has many different looks from contemporary to retro and here’s a pose using a simple lighting set-up that evokes a bit of 1950’s glamour. Camera was a Canon EOS 5D with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens (at 65mm) attached and an exposure was 1/125 sec at f/11 and ISO 100.

You can see more of this model in my book Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography that’s full of tips, tools and techniques for glamour and boudoir photography. It’s available from Amazon for $17.95, with used copies selling for less than $13—a pretty good deal.

Author: Joe Farace

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