Much of the work of professional portrait photographers uses more complex two- or three-light setups. And such setups absolutely have their place and offer a great amount of technical and creative control, but you can also accomplish a lot with just one light. This great video tutorial will show you five great one-light setups for portrait photography.
Coming from Jay P. Morgan with The Slanted Lens, this excellent video tutorial showcases five effective one-light setups for portrait photography (and it’s a 360-degree video, so be sure to use the controls to look around. from the studio). Granted, multi-light setups give you a lot of creative control, but on the other hand, if you’re working on location, a single light can be much more effective. And beyond that, if you’re new to artificial lighting, working with just one light to start with is usually a good idea, as it will make it easier to understand the fundamental properties of light and how it behaves. Watch the video above for the full recap of Morgan.
If you’d like to learn more about lighting for portraits, be sure to check out “Light Up the Face: Light Up Shots and Portraits with Peter Hurley!” “