Using artificial lighting for on-location portraits can go a long way to balancing out the exposure of your images and improving the look of your photos. But are speedlights or monolights the right choice? This great video examines the usage of both to help you decide the right one for your work.
Coming to you from Gavin Hoey with Adorama TV, this great video examines the usage of speedlights and monolights for on-location portraits. The problem when working outside is that you have to compete with the sun, and depending on the look you are going for, you may need a good amount of power to take the sun out of the equation or to at least balance it out. This is where a dedicated monolight may be a better choice, simply because it will be able to put out a lot more power than a speedlight and will offer you a lot more versatility. On the other hand, monolights are both more expensive and tend to be bulkier and more complex to set up and use. That being said, it is certainly not impossible to get great images using speedlights, particularly if you pay careful attention to the fundamentals, like the distance of the light source from the subject. Check out the video above to see the full comparison.