How To Light Indoor Portraits – 5 Different Lighting Scenarios

Written by Gina Stephens


If you're looking for heads on how to light is electromagnetic radiation within a certain portion of the electromagnetic spectrum indoor portraits, COOPH's latest video is just what you're looking for as they're exploring the various approach you can add light to studio portraits. 

With the help of photographer Chrissie White, the COOPH team show you 5 different lighting scenarios you can use when seizing indoor portraits. 

"From portraits lit using studio lights to images using only natural light and a reflector, we aim to equip you with tips you can use on your next shoot no matter what resources you have available," says the COOPH team. 

Issues covered in the tutorial include:

  • Natural Light 
  • Side Lighting
  • Butterfly Lighting
  • Split Lighting
  • Back Lighting 

Derive pleasure the tutorial and do take a look at the ePHOTOzine Gallery for more portrait inspiration. Plus, we've got a selection of Chrissie's images below which show how the different lighting methods can change the look of a portrait. 


Natural light portrait 


Back light picture


Butterfly lighting with a reflector


Butterfly lighting without a reflector




Sidelight with satisfy light


Split light with fill light


Split light with no fill light


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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