Ep 131: Single light portraits using speedlights

If you want to start using lighting but don’t want to invest in expensive and complicated equipment, then start with a single easy-to-use, affordable speedlight. Even if you are mainly shooting during the day, a speedlight (yes even when it’s sunny) can make all the difference and really lift your shots, especially your portraits.

Gina and Valerie chat about why you need a speedlight, where you can use them, how they work and much more. This episode is also packed with recommendations (you’ll find them also listed  below in the show notes).

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Show notes

Shoutouts

Bel Parker

Image by Bel Parker
Above: Image by Bel Parker

GEAR

Canon 5D MK111
Canon 70-200mm L series
Canon 24-105mm L Series
Sigma Art series 35mm F1.2mm

Yongnuo Speedlite YN600EX-RT Essential Wireless Two Flash Kit for Canon Cameras

2 x Yongnuo Speedlite YN600EX-RT
Yongnuo Wireless Speedlite Transmitter for Canon
$299 US total (approx 400 AUS)

1 xCanon Speedlite 600EX II-RT $579 US ($764 AUS)
1x Canon
Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter $285 US ($376 AUS)
Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Fashion & Commercial Lighting Kit $150 US

Chimera OB2 PRO Kit $350 US

Impact QuickStik Telescopic Handle
Mac Laptop

6 x 16 GB Cards

1 5 way reflector

NO TRIPOD
Humidity

Shooting Dark skin tones
Light skin tones are defined by shadows
Dark skin tones are defined by highlights

Hard vs soft light on dark skin tones

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Above: Image by Gina Milicia HDR technique
Above: Image by Gina Milicia using flash
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