Learn three dramatic portrait lighting setups with just a single speedlight and a 5-in-1 reflector

Jun 11, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Learn three dramatic portrait lighting setups with just a single speedlight and a 5-in-1 reflector

Jun 11, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The last few months have been a challenging time for photographers the world over. Some are now able to start getting back out and trying to lead somewhat of a “normal” life but others are still stuck at home. Whatever your case may be, many of us have somebody we can still point a camera at, and shooting portraits is a great way to practice and improve your skills when you can’t shoot your normal subjects.

While many portrait photographers will have a whole ton of lighting gear, many other photographers don’t. In this video, portrait and wedding photographer Jiggie Alejandrino shows us three very effective lighting setups we can do with just a single speedlight and an inexpensive 5-in-1 reflector.

Jiggie walks us through the minimal gear setup before showing us three different lighting setups with just the speedlight and the 5-in-1 reflector. He shows just what a versatile tool the 5-in-1 reflector can be in such a setup, with it pulling double duty, acting as both a flash diffuser and as a separate fill reflector with the cover removed.

Shooting portraits with a single light isn’t a new concept, and it’s something Zack Arias has been teaching for years. But you can never really know too many techniques when it comes to using the least amount of lighting gear. It can sometimes save the day on a client shoot if you suddenly find that one of your lights isn’t working or you forgot to charge a battery or something.

What’s your favourite one-light setup?

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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One response to “Learn three dramatic portrait lighting setups with just a single speedlight and a 5-in-1 reflector”

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    Benjamin Stolle

    Great Tutorial!!! I never though about something like the last setup. This is awesome and so simple. ??