Dedicated monolights are certainly highly useful for portrait work, but they're also relatively expensive and rather bulky. However, almost every photographer owns a speedlight, and you might wonder if you can use it in place of a monolight for on-location portrait work. This great video shows you the benefits and drawbacks of shooting with a speedlight outside.
Coming to you from Manny Ortiz, this helpful video follows him as he shoots outdoor portraits using just a speedlight and a modifier. Speedlights are something almost every photographer owns (or should own), and they can be quite versatile depending on the conditions. However, the problem is that they might not have enough power to compete with the sun when you're shooting outside, though it's not a total loss, especially if you're a bit careful about timing and your setup. Certainly, a monolight (especially with high speed sync) will offer you more versatility given the increase in power. However, if you're new to artificial lighting or simply don't shoot portraits a lot, a speedlight and a cheap modifier can make for a great combination to begin to learn lighting and to explore the possibilities. Check out the video above for more on the process.