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How to Position Lights for a Professional-Looking Portrait

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Set up a main light.

This light provides most of the illumination for your subject. To use this light effectively, get it up high and use a soft box or an umbrella system to improve the light quality. This figure shows a portrait subject illuminated by a main light.

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