Take A Look At This Top Lighting Photography Tutorial From Celebrity Portrait Photographer Mark Mann

Celebrity portrait photographer Mark Mann shares his lighting process by trying to recreate the lighting set-up he used for a portrait of actor Viggo Mortensen.

| Portraits and People


Mark Mann is a portrait photographer who's famous for photographing some of the most well-known people in the world and he wants to help you perfect your portraits with some top lighting tips that cover the basics of lighting for portrait photography.

In his latest photography tutorial, Mark is trying to recreate the lighting set-up he used for his photo of Viggo Mortensen to show how you too can create really great-looking portraits. Mark goes step by step, showing how he works with things like grids and diffusion, how he manipulates shadows, creates vignettes and how he sculpts light to shape his subject’s features.

You'll see Mark looking at the original portrait then working backwards, trying to shape the light in the exact same way for a new portrait with a new subject.

We really like how you're given an insight into Mark's professional portrait lighting process so you can make notes or even try and follow along in real-time to create a similar lighting effect/look. 

The kit Mark used for the shoot includes:

  • Profoto D1 Air 500
  • Profoto Air Remote
  • PXB Pro Portable X-Frame Background Frame
  • Rosco Matte Black Cinefoil
  • Profoto 33 in. Deep Small Umbrella (White)

The video gives a great insight into how a pro portrait photographer works so we hope you enjoy watching the process. We also have an interview with Mark Mann that's well worth a watch if you're interested in celebrity photography or portrait photography in general which you can watch here: In Conversation With Celebrity Portrait Photographer Mark Mann

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