The octabox is one of the most fundamental and useful lighting modifiers out there, able to provide a wide variety of looks for portraiture while remaining relatively easy to set up and master, making it an ideal first choice for anyone working on learning artificial lighting. This excellent video tutorial will show you how to take one octabox and get three distinctive lighting styles from it, giving you a lot of versatility without a lot of work.
Coming to you from John Gress, this awesome video tutorial will show you how to create three distinctive looks using one Elinchrom Rotalux Deep Octabox. While Gress sometimes uses multiple lights in this setup, you will notice he often uses just the single light and still gets fantastic results. If you are a beginner when it comes to artificial light, try to stick to one light to start. This will help you build an intuitive understanding of all the important properties of light and will better prepare you to tackle more complex setups down the road. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Gress.
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!"