If you study the work of professional portrait photographers, you will probably notice a lot of them use rather complex multi-light setups, but you will also find plenty of fantastic images created with only a single light. This fantastic video tutorial will show you how to create eye-catching portraits using no more than a single light.
Coming to you from Creative Live, this great video tutorial will show you how to light a portrait with only a single light. No doubt, there is absolutely a place for more complex lighting setups, but when you are newer to artificial lighting, it is generally a better idea to stick with a single light to start. This will allow you to more easily learn about things like relative source size, subject-to-light distance, fall-off, and more. It is very important to have a strong grounding in these things, as they will guide your technical and creative designs and decisions as you move into more complicated setups. Check out the video above for the full rundown.
If you would like to learn more about lighting for portraiture, be sure to check out "Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley!"