How To Light Indoor Portraits - 5 Different Lighting Scenarios

From natural light to a full studio set-up, the COOPH team demonstrate 5 ways you can add light to your portrait shots.

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If you're looking for tips on how to light indoor portraits, COOPH's latest video is just what you're looking for as they're exploring the various ways 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 capturing indoor portraits. 

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

Topics covered in the tutorial include:

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

Enjoy 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 demonstrate how the different lighting methods can change the look of a portrait. 


Natural light portrait Natural light portrait 


Back light portraitBack light portrait


Butterfly lighting with a reflectorButterfly lighting with a reflector


Butterfly lighting without a reflectorButterfly lighting without a reflector




Sidelight with fill lightSidelight with fill light


Split light with fill lightSplit light with fill light


Split light with no fill lightSplit light with no fill light

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