A few days ago, I led a photography workshop held by Ultimagz, the magazine of my campus. I, without doubt, chose the topic of one light portrait as it’s important for the photographers to incorporate strobes in their photographs, especially for profile shots. Big publications utilizes strobes in their photos for more professional and engaging look, why don’t we try doing the same?
After some quick basic theory about lighting, we quickly jumped into the photo shoot.
It’s time for our beautiful model Debora to stand in front of the white wall. After asking a friend to hold a reflector on the opposite side of the flash, I started pressing the shutter button, did some tweaks, and voila!
The shot above was lit by a speedlight, shot towards a 100cm Phottix reflect softbox umbrella, my favorite modifier. It’s cheap, folds in seconds, and produces amazing light comparable to that produced by a medium-sized softbox/octabox. The best investment in lighting setup, ever.
It was a quick workshop, only about 1,5 hours long. After the workshop was done, I asked our model to come outside and lean back against the corner wall. I put the light on the other side of the wall and got this.
It only took about 2 minutes from start to finish for the shot above. The lighting setup didn’t change. Both followed rembrandt-ish light pattern. the only difference was the position of light relative to the subject.
One light setup is super easy, and when truly understood, there’s a freaking lot that we can do with it.
NB: I’ll be holding a workshop next month about mastering one light setup for the beginners. I promise that’ll be the only workshop you need to understand basic lighting setup! More info coming soon!