Portrait and Product Photography—Introduction
Most photographers without studios use
continuous lights that usually have three parts—stands, reflectors, and bulbs.
In the studio, you usually use more than one light to illuminate a portrait or product. The goal is often to create light that looks like that found outdoors. The lights can be hot lights, strobes, or slave flash units-or even fill cards. Sometimes you can get away with only one or two lights but the use of main, fill, background and rim lights is a classic studio lighting setup for portraits
that can be adapted to other subjects.