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Lighting with Constant Light

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Lighting Setup: PavoTube Portraits

Mark Wallace

Lighting with Constant Light

Mark Wallace

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15. Lighting Setup: PavoTube Portraits
Mark uses LED tubes to create beautiful headshots with interesting catchlights in the model’s eyes.

Lesson Info

Lighting Setup: PavoTube Portraits

Paavo tubes are awesome. They're RGB W W lights, These tubes you can do all kinds of things with in fact if you look over here I have set up a triangle of light and if we look at that from a different angle you'll see that it surrounds Teresa and if we get really close you can see it does some amazing things to her eyes. So we have some really speculate highlights. We have these catch lights that look like a triangle. So it's not a traditional round highlight or square highlight that you would get from. A soft box is totally different because of where the lights are. You have no shadows really anywhere. It's just surrounding her with light. It's a peter Hurley ish kind of lighting setup. So let's zoom back out again so you can sort of see what's going on there and you can see that we have again this surround of light. I'm gonna sit back over here and then what I'm going to do is we're gonna play with this in a few different ways. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna play with this by ...

changing our aperture values. Were also going to play with this by changing um maybe turning on and off some different lights. So the first thing we need to do is turn on the camera, get that tethered. So I've got light room over here let's see if it will detect my camera so it is on, come on, light room so there it is. Okay so now let's do this, I'm going to go here and we're just going to take a photo. I'm using the in camera metering. So T T L metering that tells me I need to be at 5.6 at 2/100 of a second. S 40. And so that's going to pop in and look at this photo when we zoom in. We have these really amazing catch lights in Theresa's eyes. I love that. And notice on this, I we have three catch lights on this one. We have one. It just sort of mixes up, It looks like a sci fi kind of a shot. So I want to play with that just a little bit. We're gonna do a few shots here, Teresa So really, really close. I'm gonna get him really close. So I am zoomed in at 105 mm. Really close. I want you to tilt your head down just a little bit. There you go, like that. Beautiful. These are really extremely tight. But I love how this looks. So let's just take a look at these shots. So we've got these really cool shots here. We can change how that looks on Theresa by having Theresa just move forward and back. So let's have you take about a step back. Just go back. There you go. What that's gonna do is it's going to accentuate those highlights on her eyes. It looks almost like she's crying. It's crazy. Crazy. Cry eyes. So we're going to do that. Now look at how much more we get by her. Just going back a step, we get much more of those. The farther back she goes, the smaller those are going to be. So let's have you take another two steps back, Keep going back. There you go like that. I'm gonna just my metering so I'm going to go up to 4.5 and take this shot And now we're gonna look at this next shot that's coming up here and now look at how these are starting to shrink. So by having her go forward and farther back, those are getting larger or smaller so we can change how that looks. But we're having consistent look around her but also look how the background changes as she's going backwards because we're going to have to open up the aperture to compensate for her moving backwards, which adds more light on the background. And so the distance is uh an important thing in every lighting setup. All right, Theresa come back a couple of steps now, what we're going to do. So I'm gonna turn off the lot the lower light here. So that's turned off. I'm gonna have you come a little bit more closely. Yes, like that and I'm going to Stop down to 5.6, take another shot and now watch what happens now we have just a little bit more light underneath. Not a lot, but you can see that that has changed just a bit because that light that was illuminating her from below went away. You can also change this look by just changing how much light is coming out. So what I'll do is I'll take this guy here and I'm going to change how bright it is. I'm going to take it down to About 50%, something like that. All right, so our light on one side is much lower than the other side and I'll take another shot here. Beautiful. And now look what we have. We have a shot where we have some contrast, check that out. So we have different looks. So let me just put these up next to each other. We have three different looks here that we're able to see based on the how close Teresa is if the lights are turned on or not and the balance of those lights, it's a really, really fun lighting setup and it's something that you can do to change the look really, really quickly. This is great if you're doing head shots or actor headshots or something and you need to have people come in and knock it out the first time every time with no issues. You can do it with this light and most people love how they look with this light

Class Description


  • Shape light using specific light fixtures and modifiers
  • Understand the different types of LED lights and the benefits of each
  • Freeze motion to create stunning action photos
  • Mix RGB light to create interesting color effects
  • Work with different light modifiers to get the exact look you want
  • Create lighting setups that fit your style


For years constant lights have been reserved for video and film production only. But things have changed dramatically in a short amount of time. Using state-of-the-art LED lights, you can create stunning portraits, freeze motion, and create video content. You no longer need two lighting systems.

In this class, Mark Wallace explains the different types of constant light, uses hands-on demonstrations to show you how to control light, and creates many of his favorite lighting styles.

Mark explains the different types of light fixtures and light modifiers to help you make an informed decision when purchasing your lights. This class is perfect for anyone who wants to create interesting portraits and videos using LED lights.


  • Beginner to Intermediate portrait photographers
  • Anyone looking to use constant light for still photography as well as video
  • Photographers looking to expand their creative horizons by using new tools


Adobe Photoshop CC 2021
Adobe Lightroom Classic 2021


Mark Wallace is a photographer based in the United States. Best known for his web-based video series Digital Photography One on One and Exploring Photography sponsored by Adorama.

Millions of people have watched Mark’s videos on YouTube, and the numbers continue to grow. Mark has a solid social media following on Facebook and Twitter, where he spends time with viewers and workshop attendees.

In 2014, Mark left the United States to embark on a 2-year worldwide adventure. He visited 28 countries and captured thousands of unique photographs across the globe.

In 2016 Mark decided to give up planes, trains, and automobiles and is now exploring the world on his motorcycle.

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Great course very informative and a pleasure to watch love the way you teach so easy to understand and follow through. learned a lot about continuous lighting ty

Alessandro Zugno

This is a very useful class for who want to start shooting video or photo with constant light. Creative Live should make more class on videography.