A Compact and Effective Portrait Lighting Setup

When you are working in a studio, you can have just about whatever lighting you want at your disposal, no matter how complex and cumbersome the setup. However, when you move to on-location shoots, simplicity and portability are the name of the game. This awesome video tutorial will show you an easy, compact, and effective lighting setup for on-location portraits. 

Coming to you from Pye Jirsa with SLR Lounge, this great video tutorial will show you an effective and portable lighting setup. In this case, Jirsa is using a Profoto A2 and softbox. As you will notice, he often uses the light to augment or complement the natural light rather than overwhelm it. There is certainly nothing wrong with the latter, but seeing how Jirsa uses it to create a balanced portrait with the light behind the subject is a great lesson in balancing ambient and artificial light. This prevents him from having to significantly underexpose the subject in order to not overexpose the ambient light, which would result in a significant adjustment in post-processing and a resultant drop in image quality, often creating visible noise on the subject. It's a fantastic technique for any portrait photographer to learn. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Jirsa. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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