Single light portraiture

Started Oct 29, 2012 | Questions thread
PenFan2011 Regular Member • Posts: 172
Re: Single light portraiture

My personal advice would be to start with some form of soft-box (with a grid option if you can swing that), then move to a beauty dish or grid on your standard reflector if you want something different.  You can also get away with an inexpensive umbrella though, which can perform as a shoot through or bounce reflector instead getting of a soft-box.  I starting photographing primarily women, and soft-box for its light dispersion properties was my first purchase.

Also, reflectors or whiteboards can be useful, but they are not going to be as effective as an actual  second strobe.  Conversely, I did use my single light and reflector setup happily for six months before I expanded my lighting arsenal.  On a good many shoots I usually shoot a single light shot every now and then because I like the dramatic contrast more than lighting the hair, etc.

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