Up close and personal - Beauty lighting | Profoto (US)
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Up close and personal - Beauty lighting

Course participants’ average review after course completion.
(53 Reviews)

Part 1 of 3 in the Fashion Lighting series


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About this course

Discover how to build up lighting to enhance your beauty photography. In the low-key setup you’ll see how to create razor sharp images using cinefoil and special light shaping tools like the projection spot. Then Lindsay builds up to a high key setup using a large softbox as back light and demonstrates the wrap lighting concept. She also uses a variety of light shaping tools, such as a beauty dish, grid and softbox - sometimes for theatrical effects. And she’ll share some of her skin retouching techniques with you.

Lighting skill level: Intermediate

Duration: 1 h 10 min

What you get in this course

  • Online light shaping course
  • Downloadable step-by-step guide
  • Scenario based teaching from real life photographic shoots
  • Unlimited access on all devices
What you'll learn

Discover how to:

• Work with flash to create a low-key and high-key lighting set-up

• Use different light modifiers, eg beauty dish, grid, softbox and projection spot

• Set up and use wrap lighting

• Approach skin retouching in a professional way

What you may need

Essential information

Recommended gear

  • 2 x lights for off-camera use
  • 1 x beauty dish or similar light modifier of your choice
  • 1 x large softbox
  • 1 x flag or material of choice to remove or block light

Useful knowledge

  • Lighting skill level: Intermediate
    • Some understanding of artificial lighting and how it impacts an image
    • Experience of working with additional lighting to achieve a specific look
  • Camera skill level: Comfortable handling the camera in manual mode


Valsan Melepat
14 June, 2021

Please provide some details about other products like boom stand etc.

rajeesh raja
14 June, 2021

I think more types of lighting methods

Oleg Schenker
14 December, 2020

This course assumes that attendant already know qualities of lights like invert square law etc. But it actually makes sense to add some primary about physics of light.

11 January, 2021

I think the lightning techniques in this course were very uninspiring, and something I wish I hadnt paid money for. Expected a lot more.... :(

Mohammad Alsheikh
09 September, 2020

It's really perfect ! Thank you too much

Jim Carpenter
02 September, 2020

Learned a lot of simple but very effective lighting and retouch technique

10 September, 2020


Jesse McKinnon
04 September, 2020

great for learning!!

22 July, 2020

Demonstrated the steps and clearly explained what each change did and how it affected the different shots and looks.

24 June, 2020

some information was repetetive and unnecessary

Nate Peterson
13 May, 2020

The only thing I question is why on a Profoto class you would feature the Profoto Spot Small (I think that's the name) when that modifier is no longer available. In other words, please re-release that into production. Thank you!

Chami Perera
05 May, 2020

I like the couse but i would like to see how she doged and burned the image.

22 March, 2020

The course provides some interesting ideas while discussing the two light setups, but I was also expecting some more technical contents (e.g., discussing more in depth the beauty dish properties).

10 November, 2019

Very informative

01 January, 2020

Did not show any retouching detail, just name of retouching actions.

Stewart Copeland
09 April, 2019

Great course, easy to follow and expertly presented.

01 February, 2019

Was hoping to see more detail in the Postproduction video.

Cesar Rosales
12 November, 2018

Excellent. To the point, no time wasted and great tips from the instructor.

Daniel Boyce
29 October, 2018

I really have nothing to add. This was an amazing course that really improved some aspects of planning my photoshoots.

15 October, 2018

could have used more lighting combinations ..

05 October, 2018

Lindsey is not just great at shooting at editing: she's a natural at teaching! It's a pleasure watching her and learning from her. She's even more specific and clear than any professor I had back in college.

Bill Barbosa
05 October, 2018

Outstanding course, lindsay is exceptional

Zef Markaj
04 October, 2018

She is just an amazing teacher. The same course given by somebody else wouldnt stick into the brains of the students so much as with her. I also thought she was the best at scott kelby

Sean Galland
05 October, 2018

Very informative and easy to follow! Recommended.

Frank Nyame
05 October, 2018

Amazing ! The low key lighting was a real eye opener , also i'm definitely going to try retouching with localized dodge and burn.

10 October, 2018

The course itself was interesting but I feel the price is a bit high considering the length of the videos. I'm keen to watch the full series but the cost puts me off. Perhaps if the certification was a more prominent value add I'd be more keen.

04 November, 2018


24 August, 2018


18 April, 2018

Lindsay is an awesome instructor with so much knowledge about lighting.

15 May, 2018

I liked where it was going and love Lindsay's work but it's a little short and light on content for the price.

Michael Jordon
30 March, 2018

I asked Profoto about year ago for "certification", you answered my thoughts and now I am proud to be part of this Academy, which is helping me improve my lighting skills

NCubed Photography
23 February, 2018

Great ideas from a first class photographer. I will put ideas I learned to use! Stand by!

Robert Boyer
18 March, 2018

A reasonable course but much more basic than I expected. I would say it's perfect for anyone that's not at all familiar with strobes/lighting/etc. I think the "intermediate" category specified is a bit overstated. I think it should be described much more towards the very basic end of the spectrum. I really didn't get anything out of it at all and I consider myself "intermediate". Would love to see something targeted more towards photographers that are already familiar with studio lighting, etc. I think it's SUPER STRANGE that a Profoto product that has been discontinued for quite some time is featured as well. (The spot small for the flat front lights)

Meet the teacher
Lindsay Adler
Lindsay is a top fashion photographer whose editorials have appeared in major publications, such as Marie Claire, InStyle and Elle. Known for her clean, bold and graphic style, she also loves to share her knowledge with others. That’s why she’s such a great teacher and one of the most requested public speakers in the photography business worldwide.
Meet the teacher

Lindsay Adler

Lindsay is a top fashion photographer whose editorials have appeared in major publications, such as Marie Claire, InStyle and Elle. Known for her clean, bold and graphic style, she also loves to share her knowledge with others. That’s why she’s such a great teacher and one of the most requested public speakers in the photography business worldwide.

Profoto products in action

You don’t need to own Profoto products to learn from this series. But just in case you’re interested, here are the ones we used:

Profoto D2

Softlight Reflector White

RFi Softbox Rectangular

Collapsible Reflector Silver/White

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a series and a course?

A series consists of two or more courses from the same photographer. If you buy a series, you will benefit from a bundled offer for the entire package. Also, when you complete a series, you’ll receive personal feedback from one of our instructors and become a Certified Light Shaper.

Do I have to own Profoto products in order to take your courses?

No. All our courses are designed to improve your photography, regardless of what equipment you’re using.

How do I access the courses I buy?

As soon as we’ve received payment, you can view or take all your courses online - simply by logging on to the Profoto Academy website. You’ll find your courses at the Profoto Academy start page.

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