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Hi and welcome back.

I like to set my key light high and above my subjects for nice drop shadows and a simple yet edgy fashion look.  This also allows you to get your light out of the way and work around your subject unencumbered by your light.

When you set your key light this way, you can literally change the look of your work.  The traditional 45×45 key light setup can get stagnant, so you always want to be able to work and get your client different looks.  You can do this easily by just moving your key light high and above.

In the BTS shot from my lighting workshop at Foto Care in NYC, all I did was put my light high and above and pointing directly at the model.  We posed her against a round column in the event space, which had just enough room, and went to work.


  • Manfrotto 1052 BAC lightstand
  • Manfrotto 40″ Hollywood Grip arm (I borrowed this from Foto Care)
  • Nikon SB8910, Nikon SD9 Battery Pack
  • Pocket Wizard Plus III
  • Lumopro LP633 Umbrella Bracket
  • Rogue Flashbender XL Pro with diffusion panel attached

That was it.  If you haven’t checked out the Rogue Flashbender’s from Expoimaging yet, what are you waiting for?  These things are amazing and fit easily into your bags for storage and transport.

Exposure: 1/125 @ f/5.6, ISO 200, WB Custom with Expodisc. 

Here’s a final from this setup: a simple fashion look with one key light high and above.

_RVH3948Change your key light position, change your lighting looks, change your work.

That’s it for now.  Till next time, keep on lighting.