Portrait photography

A beginner’s guide to working with flashes for portrait photography

Learning to work with artificial lighting is something every portrait photographer should learn, as it will free you from dependence on certain locations, weather conditions and times of day and allow for creative shots that would not otherwise be possible. If you want to start learning, check out this fantastic video tutorial that will walk you through the process of lighting a portrait using a combination of flash and natural light.

Come to you from Jiggie Alejandrino, this helpful video tutorial will show you the process of shooting a portrait using flash and natural light. Knowing how to mix the two types of light is a particularly versatile skill, as it will allow you to tackle and control just about any environment or shooting scenario. For example, one of the most classic portrait looks is to place your subject in front of a sunset. To do this, you need to expose for the sky to avoid blown out highlights, which consequently underexposes your subject. Adding artificial light can bring everything back into balance and give you the best picture quality. Watch the video above for Alejandrino’s full recap.

If you want to continue learning how to light a portrait, be sure to check out “Lighting the Face: Lighting for Portraits and Portraits with Peter Hurley!”