How to Light a Portrait Using a Single Speedlight

Portrait lighting can sometimes take complex multi-light setups, but you would be surprised at what you can accomplish with just a single light — even only a speedlight. In fact, you can even create professional images with one, and it is a great place from which to start as a beginner to artificial light. This excellent video tutorial will show you how to use a single speedlight to create compelling portrait images.

Coming to you from Jiggie Alejandrino, this great video tutorial discusses how to use a single speedlight to light a portrait. When you are new to working with artificial light, it is really important to start with a single source, as building an intuitive understanding of things like fall-off, source size, and subject distance is absolutely crucial to learning how to manipulate the light to achieve both a technically correct exposure and to articulate your creative vision. And once you are comfortable with a single light, you will find it far easier to work with multiple options. 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!"gfhklisd4

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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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