Sometimes you have to travel light (pardon the pun), whether that’s overseas or just to do a shoot down the road. Or maybe you’re just not ready to invest in a whole heap of lighting equipment. Well, the good news is that you can often rely on just one light – if you’re smart about the way you use it.
In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you can do in different situations where lighting is needed, and how to solve the problem with just one light, but still get magnificent results.
Paul Mansell shot this Australian politician:
Doug Smith shot these B&W images:
Keith Macke asks:
To all that have shot a wedding before alone. How did you cover it? Did you choose to be down the aisle as the bride comes in or above? What’s the pitfalls? Did you shoot it as a photojournalism style and for go the group shots? If not was it difficult gathering the families together? I have been questioning myself if it is possible to do this on my own. I have done quite a bit of portrait work and want to expand into weddings. Any advice would help.
Gina and Valerie answer the question in this week’s episode.
One light wonders: How to create awesome portraits with minimal gear and time
If you could only use one modifier which one would you choose?
There is a system/thought process behind which light I will use for any given shoot.
Photoshoots can be roughly divided into 3 different categories
- The Unicorn photoshoot
- The Goldilocks photoshoot
- The “I’m very busy and very important” photoshoot
This is the soft box Gina refers to in the episode.
LASTOLITE EZYBOX II SQUARE SMALL 45X45CM