How to create kicker light | Profoto (UK)

How to create kicker light

29 May, 2020

Written by: Profoto

The kicker light is used to give more contrast between the background and the model and is a very common setup when photographing corporate headshots. Adding a subtle kicker light can easily create a bit more dimension for a more polished look. Here are Hannah Couzens' steps on how to create the light yourself.

Here the model matches the background in both suit and hair color. A perfect case for the kicker light. 

Hannah's choice of equipment:
For the kicker light - Profoto D2 with a Grid 20°
For the key light - Profoto B10 Plus with an OCF Beauty Dish White

Step 1: Set up the kicker light somewhere behind the model. Using the Grid 20° creates a very subtle, yet effective separation on the model's suit. 

Step 2: Set up the key light in front of the model, opposite to the kicker light.

Tip
A white OCF Beauty Dish is good for high volume corporate headshots because it suits all ages and skin types.

To avoid the light bouncing off the walls, add dark flags on each side of the model. 

Written by: Profoto

Products used in this story

Profoto D2

The world’s fastest monolight with TTL
From £1,490.00

Profoto B10 & B10 Plus

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From £1,499.00

OCF Beauty Dish White

A portable beauty dish for off-camera flashes
£185.00

Grid 100 mm

5°/10°/20° grids for flat fronted lights
From £105.00

Air Remote TTL

Wirelessly connects your AirTTL light with your camera
From £349.00