How to Light: Beauty Headshots

Get the high end beauty look with a simple 1 or 2 light setup.

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Mark Richardson walks you through the classic high end beauty headshot setup. Learn about what gear to use, how to position lights, and how to edit the final image. This popular setup is versatile and great for portraits or headshots for both men, women, and children subjects.

Good lighting makes good photography. One of the quickest ways to improve your photography is to learn to control light.

Many photographers fear that getting intro flash photography will be too expensive or two confusing. Many insist on making large investments on nicer lenses or cameras, when they could get better results with a small investment in a flash or two.

This look can be achieved with a single light and then refined by adding an optional second light, or even a third.

By the end of this course you will be able to reproduce this same high end fashion/beauty headshot portrait look and have confidence placing your flashes, taking the images, and retouching in lightroom and photoshop.

Your Instructor

Mark Richardson
Mark Richardson

Mark Richardson is a full-time professional photographer, videographer, and author of the Camera Stupid website. His job has taken him to almost 20 different countries where he has used DSLR's and drones to capture stunning imagery and aerial video for use in corporate and commercial productions. Mark has scratch built several quadcopters and hexacopters but now prefers the DJI Inspire platform for its ease of use and compact size for travel.

Mark's first love will always be great landscape photography but he is interested many different styles and subjects including architecture, food, portraiture, product, and of course aerial photography.

Mark studied photography, videography, and graphic design at BYU-Idaho where he received a Bachelors of Science. Since graduating in 2009, Mark has worked in the industry using photography and videography to tell brand stories.

Always quick to pick up new techniques and learn new technology, Mark has jumped into aerial photography and videography with both feet and has many hours of flight time under his belt.

Mark has another passion: Helping others find success and happiness in learning. Mark loves to teach people of any age and enjoys learning from students as well. Mark is good at explaining difficult or complicated concepts in a way that anyone can understand.

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