Why You Only Need Two Lights to Start as a Portrait Photographer

Getting started with flash can be both exciting and intimidating; it is an entirely new set of techniques, but it also enables a wide variety of creative opportunities that simply would not be possible otherwise. If you are ready to tackle artificial lighting, it is important to get off on the right foot. This great video tutorial features an experienced beauty and portrait photographer discussing why it is best to start your lighting journey with no more than two lights. 

Coming to you from Kayleigh June, this excellent video tutorial discusses why new flash users should stick to no more than two lights to start. I think the most important reason for this is keeping things simple to first. It is crucial to master things like subject-to-source distance, falloff, modifier size, and more, and these sorts of things are far easier to get down when you start with a simpler setup and don't have to worry about different lights bleeding over each other and the like. Check out the video above for the full rundown from June.

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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