Learn How to Use Flash to Light an Engagement Portrait With This Tutorial

Learning to use off-camera flash can feel quite daunting, especially when you combine it with natural light in an outdoor environment. Once you understand and grow comfortable with a few fundamental principles and techniques, though, you will find the entire process much more intuitive and easier to tackle. This fantastic video tutorial features an experienced photographer walking you through an engagement shoot using off-camera flash and natural light to help you learn those crucial fundamentals. 

Coming to you from Jiggie Alejandrino, this great video tutorial will show you how he approached an engagement portrait shoot with a combination of off-camera flash and natural light. If you are new to working with off-camera flash, it is important to start with a single light and simple modifier at first. This will allow you to build an intuitive understanding of important concepts like source size, subject distance, falloff, and more, unencumbered by the added complexity of overlapping lights. Once you master a single light, you'll no problem moving on to more complicated setups. 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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