Photography lighting

Learning how to use lighting in your photography can add punch and an extra element of creativity to your images. All photography requires a certain understanding of light and how it works, but learning to control and add lighting can affect your images in a number of ways. By understanding it, you can create the exact effect you want giving you greater creative control.

Whether you’re looking to learn photography lighting basics or trying to grasp more complex set ups, take a look at our articles below for inspiration and guidance.

Top photography lighting articles: DIY photography lighting | How to light portrait photographs | Best lighting accessories under £100 

  • Take better portraits for less

    Take better portraits for less

    July 1, 2021

    Discover how to take successful portraits on a budget with gear which is both inexpensive and easily available in-store and online

  • Get amazing images with simple lighting

    Get amazing images with simple lighting

    December 8, 2020

    Three top professional photographers, including top food photographer Donna Crous, discuss what lighting gear they use and how to get the best results from it for perfect shots every time

  • DIY home-lighting solutions

    DIY home-lighting solutions

    March 12, 2019

    You don't need to spend a fortune to get professional-looking results. Claire Gillo shares her DIY home-lighting hacks for those on a budget

  • Best lighting accessories under £100

    Best lighting accessories under £100

    July 5, 2018

    The quality of the light can make a spectacular image stand out from an ordinary one. Michael Topham takes a closer look at various lighting solutions under £100

  • Video: Classic lighting set-ups you should know

    Video: Classic lighting set-ups you should know

    May 11, 2018

    With modern LED lighting it's easier than ever to create classic lighting set-ups for portraiture. Check out our behind-the-scenes video with portrait pro James Paterson, to see how it's done

  • Macro photography lighting tips

    Macro photography lighting tips

    April 20, 2018

    Light is key to revealing intricate details of tiny subjects. Macro specialist Colleen Slater shares her top tips and lighting techniques

  • How To Use Photography Lighting Gels

    How To Use Photography Lighting Gels

    April 8, 2013

    Apart from a softbox, the most useful accessories that I have for my small lighting kit are different-coloured lighting gels. However, mention lighting gels and many photographers will think of images seen in photography books from the 1970s and ’80s, where portraits were lit with blue- or red-coloured lights – and sometimes even both.

  • Lighting Portraits with Torches

    Lighting Portraits with Torches

    July 18, 2012

    Proving you don't need expensive studio lights, conceptual photographer Chad Coombs talks us through two innovative images of his that are lit with nothing more than pocket torches