When you are new to working with artificial light, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to balance all the technical and creative aspects while also posing your subject and controlling the camera. If you are a beginner and looking to improve, check out this great video tutorial that will show you three flash techniques every portrait photographer should know how to employ.
Coming to you from Jiggie Alejandrino, this excellent video tutorial will show you three essential artificial lighting techniques for portrait photography. If you are new to working with artificial lighting, try to stick with a single light at first. It is important to build up an intuitive understanding of things like light fall-off, subject-to-source distance, and more, and using multiple lights can complicate that process. And you can absolutely create professional-level images with just a single source, so don't feel pressured to immediately move into more complex setups. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Alejandrino.
If you would like to continue learning how to light for portraits, be sure to check out "Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley," which is currently on sale along with the rest of our Fstoppers tutorials.