Photoshop Tutorial: The Never Ending Lighting Rig

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: September 22, 2011

Category: Videos

Hey Folks,
For today I thought I’d record a video showing a Photoshop technique that has come in handy for me on more than one occasion; I call it ‘The Never Ending Lighting Rig’ and it’s based on a technique I learned from my good friend, Photographer & Digital Artist Calvin Hollywood …

Have you ever found yourself on a photo shoot with very little time to get the ‘must have’ shots and so have maybe opted to use less lights or maybe a different lighting set up to what you would had done? How about finding yourself on a photo shoot and you don’t have enough lights? or simply wishing you’d used an extra light here and there?

Well one such shoot found me in a situation just like that because of time and space restrictions, however going into the shoot I knew I had some lights I could add in during the editing stage…

Of course using the real thing out on a photo shoot is the best option but there will always be those times when you just can’t use them or indeed, you don’t have them or you wish you’d used them. With this simple technique though time and space are irrelevant and you can add as many lights as you like because after all this is  “The Never Ending Lighting Rig”

Enjoy 🙂

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  1. Terry Donnelly

    What a great tip and video.

    • Glyn

      Cheers Terry 😉

  2. DaveT

    Hi Glyn,

    Thanks you so much for sharing these great tips – they are so useful. I like the way you can move the light source around, expand the size and intensity etc. I have been using the paintbrush tool in Lightroom to achieve something similar, but this now gives me a more sophisticated and versatile option to add to my post processing tool bag.

    Would I be right in thinking, that I could save this technique as an action in PS?


    • Glyn

      @DaveT…Glad you like the video tutorial mate. as for making this an action, having to apply a brush wouldn’t make this possible but you could always set it so the action creates a new layer and changes the blend mode, selects a brush and white as the foreground colour. All you’d have to do then is apply a couple of ‘spots’ with the brush and you’re done 🙂


  3. DaveT

    Thanks Glyn – your a star!

  4. Gra

    Superb tip and really useful Glynn!!

  5. Adrian

    great tip. Thank you very much

  6. J. Paul Moore

    Like my friend Terry Donnelly said, this is a great tip and your video illustrates this perfectly.

  7. Mark

    Really great tip! I always wondered what the overlay blend mode was for. Thanks so much

  8. sc

    top tip Glynn. Thanks for sharing.

    • Glyn

      Hey Folks, thanks for the comments; great to ‘see’ that the tip is useful; it’s certainly saved me more than once 🙂

  9. tbone


  10. maria fernanda

    hi me gustaría que lo pudieran plantear en español o con subtitulos pero en realidad fue increíble nunca lo había intentado



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