Small Studio, Big Results: Mastering Portraits With One Speedlight

The ability to craft stunning portraits isn't solely determined by the size of your studio or the expense of your equipment. In fact, with a bit of ingenuity and understanding of light, you can achieve professional-quality results in a limited space using just a single speedlight. This fantastic video tutorial will show you how.

Coming to you from Jiggie Alejandrino, this insightful video looks at effective portraiture using a minimalist setup. Alejandrino, a seasoned portrait and wedding photographer, demonstrates how he utilizes a small home studio and a speedlight to capture captivating images. His approach emphasizes the importance of understanding light modifiers and their impact on the final image. By employing a deep octabox with a grid, he effectively controls the light spill, creating a focused and directional beam that beautifully illuminates his subject. 

Alejandrino's video goes beyond just showcasing the lighting setup. He provides valuable insights into camera settings, lens selection, and posing techniques. His meticulous attention to detail, from camera angles to subject expression, underscores the significance of thoughtful composition in portrait photography.

What truly sets this video apart is its emphasis on practicality and accessibility. Alejandrino demonstrates that achieving professional-looking portraits is within reach for photographers of all levels, regardless of their gear or studio limitations. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Alejandrino.

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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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