How to Create Eye-Catching Portraits With a Single Light

If you study the work of professional portrait photographers, you will probably notice a lot of them use rather complex multi-light setups, but you will also find plenty of fantastic images created with only a single light. This fantastic video tutorial will show you how to create eye-catching portraits using no more than a single light. 

Coming to you from Creative Live, this great video tutorial will show you how to light a portrait with only a single light. No doubt, there is absolutely a place for more complex lighting setups, but when you are newer to artificial lighting, it is generally a better idea to stick with a single light to start. This will allow you to more easily learn about things like relative source size, subject-to-light distance, fall-off, and more. It is very important to have a strong grounding in these things, as they will guide your technical and creative designs and decisions as you move into more complicated setups. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

If you would like to learn more about lighting for portraiture, be sure to check out "Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley!"

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Felix Valeri's picture

wrong thread

Nick Bentley's picture

His camera must be magic if he can see the effect of flash in his viewfinder even with EVF that’s pretty special. turned off at that point it was good for the first 30 seconds

Daniel Medley's picture

On my Sony A7r 4, I see a quick glimpse of a preview when tethered, and a full preview of the image inside the EVF when not tethered if pressing the preview button. You absolutely can see the effect of the flash through the EVF.

Daniel Medley's picture

His reason for using the modeling light is exactly why I use it; to enable the camera to better focus. Another reason I like to use the modeling light is to get the pupils to shrink.