I didn’t think much about the way I light my photos until I came across this article on 2 Point Lighting by Damien Lovegrove. I know the basics and the technique behind it, but never think too much about how I place my lights as it has become second nature to me.
Spend some time on the article as it is highly recommended for amateurs and intermediate photographers. And since Damien has already written it so well, I see no point in me starting from scratch on writing about my 2 point lighting technique. Here’s a quote from him:
Two point lighting is the most versatile lighting design for shooting fashion or beauty on the street. Having a back light elevates the pictures to a more polished state. Take a look at any CSI tv show or 24 etc and freeze frame as you go. You will see two point lighting on just about every scene if not every shot.
A note or two on how I tweak my setup according to locations and final effect that I want. Whenever I am indoors I would prefer to bounce the backlight on the ceiling to provide more coverage on the cars and on the model. This means that I usually shoot above ISO 400. Shooting at higher ISO allows you to use lower power output settings on your strobe or flash.
Most of the times I would move the lights almost parallel to each other since I can bounce the backlight. This gives a different effect altogether. When I am outdoors I tend to use the sun as my backlight – this way the model can keep her eyes open easily.