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The lighting shows the main key light on the subjects left side, a hair light to highlight the top of the head, a reflector to bounce back some of the light on the right side of the face and a small light below and behind the subject to illuminate the backdrop.
The "Key" light, or the main light is created from three LED lights mounted together to provide more light from inside the softbox.
The softbox is a Westcott Apollo softbox that is designed to be used with flash strobes, but I have attached the three LED units to the triple holder that will fit inside the softbox and will provide about 2400 Lumens of very soft diffused light.
Each of the LED units has a A/C adapter installed in order to run the light off of regular power and not have to worry about changing out batteries.
The hair light is a single LED unit that is screwed into the end of a boom arm and this provides a diffused light above the head. This LED unit also has an A/C adapter. Sometimes I add a small fabric softbox made for the LED units to further diffuse the overhead light.
The final lighting touch is another of the LED units placed on the floor beneath the subject and pointed backward to light up the center of the backdrop. I also sometimes add a white reflector on the side opposite of the key light to bring up the light ratio on the shadow side of the face.
This particular lighting setup is very inexpensive, fairly portable and provides a good quality of light for portraits. The costs are shown in the chart below. The total cost, if I had to buy everything new from Amazon would be $ 586.99. I purchased many of the components over several years and only had to buy the LED lights to change to this most current configuration.
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