How Jill Greenberg Does Lighting

Jill Greenberg’s subject matter (crying children, movie stars, wild animals) is compelling, but the it’s the quality of her lighting that really sets her images apart. If you’ve ever wondered how she does it, check out these videos on Strobist that show some of the behind the scenes set-ups. To light subjects, she usually uses two big umbrellas up front on either side of the subject, a ring light, two rim lights behind on the sides of the subject, a big beauty dish for top light and a background

Jill Greenberg's subject matter (crying children, movie stars, wild animals) is compelling, but the it's the quality of her lighting that really sets her images apart. If you've ever wondered how she does it, check out these videos on Strobist that show some of the behind the scenes set-ups. To light subjects, she usually uses two big umbrellas up front on either side of the subject, a ring light, two rim lights behind on the sides of the subject, a big beauty dish for top light and a background light to even out the backdrop. If this sounds like a complicated setup, that's because it is, but you can't argue with the results.Photo: Jill Greenberg
—Matthew Panzarino
Contributing Blogger