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?