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24:56 Duration

Soft Constant Studio Light

Two of the most asked questions are how do you choose your lighting? And how do you manipulate it? Sue “sheds some light” on how to create the warm, muted tone she’s going for as she prepares for Caitlin’s shoot.

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Key Things to Take Away:

  • Make sure there is more light on the client than the backdrop, creating that contrast is key in keeping your client the main focus of the portrait
  • Shooting a little underexposed can help you get that muted tone



Watch Sue play with the Kino Flow constant light with Felix Kunze while shooting Caitlin in a vintage outfit on a backdrop Sue painted!

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  • Kino Flo constant light
  • White Vflats (available at your local camera supply)
  • Vintage outfit: Top $12, Shorts $10, Skirt $32

Key Things to Take Away:

  • When blowing hair with a hairdryer, always aim to the throat and not the face
  • Move around your client, and your lighting away from the backdrop to get the appealing drop-away


Watch Sue work through this sequence of images from Caitlin’s shoot. Listen to her thought process on how to work through different poses for different body types, be assertive in your direction, and get a vintage inspired outfit on a budget.

Items Used:

  • Vintage outfit: Top $12, Shorts $10, Skirt $32

Key Things to Take Away:

  • Be thrifty in your wardrobe finds. Don’t be afraid to buy white pieces and tea stain them.
  • Different body types pose differently, work through what works with each client.
  • Be assertive and confident when changing the pose. Language is so important, if you’re in control they will do just about anything
  • This vintage look works well for bridal portraits, boudoir, or even children’s portrait with a vintage flair

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  1. Im confused as It doesn’t look like she is bouncing the light, but rather feathering it across and keeping it very “low” (as far as output. In her other video she talks about how she likes to put the kino behind a scrim, and that she doesnt like the look of a “raw” kino.. can you please clarify.

  2. Any information on where I can buy this Tegra 4 bank at the best price? I live in Australia. The link in the post above goes to an ‘product unavailable’ status in Amazon. Other prices I’ve found are like AUD$2200+

  3. Loved this! if you were starting from scratch and had to buy one essential light for your studio would it be the kino ? or would it be a fancy soft box?I tried with natural light I dont get alot of natural light in my basement and michigan has 4 seasons! so i can’t go outside all the time….Also what stores did the model shop at for that cheap vintage outfit? Just need some sort of a lead ? …. the outfit looks way more expensive! amazing! Merci! Gracias! Shoukran! Thank you!

    1. Constant light is beautiful to work with. Kino lights are pricey as Sue mentioned, I can suggest to look at some other sources to compare. There are many options available. I have been using a 2 light kit by Westcott for 5 years. It came with a large soft box, a smaller one and 2 Spiderlite 6 sets. Also had 2 light stands. Then there are the new led styles but they need diffusion and aren’t typically sold as a modifier kit. I would buy a Kino Flo today if I was going into no light studio again. The reflectors are also very important, Sue is demonstrating soft light by bouncing as she does with windows. Be sure to have the components to make it work.