If you are new to working with artificial light, you might look at some of the complex multi-light setups seasoned professionals use and feel a bit overwhelmed or discouraged. However, you can absolutely make creative, compelling, and professional-level portraits with just a single light, and this neat video tutorial will show you one of the more unusual but effective ways of doing so.
Coming to you from Pye Jirsa with Adorama TV, this great video tutorial will show you a particularly creative one-light setup for portraits. I firmly believe that photographers who are new to working with artificial light should stick to working with a single light at first. This will allow you to become more comfortable with the fundamental properties of light and how to manipulate them without having to wrangle multiple sources that are competing with one another. Beyond that, many photographers, particularly those who work on location, prefer to shoot with a single light because of the simpler logistics. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Jirsa.
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," which is currently on sale along with the rest of the Fstoppers catalog!