Clamshell lighting is a popular among portrait and beauty photographers. By using two light sources, one directed down onto a subject’s face and one directed up toward a subject’s face , a photographer can eliminate a majority of shadows created by minor imperfections. This lighting technique creates a flawless appearance in head shots.While photographers often utilize a light source modified by a softbox and a reflector to build their clamshell lighting set up, photographer and educator Terry White uses three separate light sources to capture these images. The first, a Skylux LED paired with the Rapid Box XXL pointing down onto his model powered at 100%. The second Skylux, powered at 40% and modified with a stripbank, is placed below his model directed toward her face. The Skylux’s fully adjustable power gives Terry the ability to create a more specular clamshell lighting effect than would be created with a reflector without overexposing or overpowering the image. Terry decides to use only a diffusion cloth on this stripbank, instead of adding a grid, to allow the light to spread and create a more natural look.The third Skylux LED used in this shoot is directed toward Terry’s Modern Vintage backdrop, creating depth and dimension to the image.Westcott Lighting Gear in Action Skylux LED4850 Skylux Rapid Box XXL Kit4855 12" x 36" Pro Stripbank3666 9' x 12' Evanescent Modern Vintage Backdrop5518 Share this:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) You must log in to post a comment.