Yes, lighting is an art. And yes, you can get lighting very wrong. But stick to a few rules for a fast track to good looking results. When we talk about lighting a subject for interview or portrait photography, a no-nonsense starting point is three-point lighting. Key light, fill light and back light are terms that are very familiar in the industry: they refer to what each light does, not what type of light you need to have. The trick is placing and balancing these lights quickly and easily. Position them to create a natural look, with subtle shadowing and no glare. This should take no more than 2-3 minutes.