An Effective, Professional One-Light Portrait Photography Setup

If you look at the work of top photographers, you might be fooled into thinking that the only way to create professional images is through the use of complex setups with several lights. However, you might be pleased and surprised to discover that you can create compelling portraits with just a single light, and this fantastic video tutorial will show you everything you need to know. 

Coming to you from Jiggie Alejandrino, this excellent video tutorial will show you an eye-catching single light portraiture setup. If you are new to working with artificial light, it is a great idea to work with a single light to start, as it will make it far easier to learn the properties of light and build confidence when you do not have to manage multiple sources. On top of that, many professionals prefer to work with simpler setups, especially those who frequently find themselves working out of the studio for environmental or location portraits. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Alejandrino. 

If you would like to continue learning about how to light a portrait, be sure to check out "Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley!"

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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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