If you’ve only got one flash, or you’re about to dive into flash, and aren’t sure how many lights you need, or which lights to get in order to shoot portraits, then you’ll probably want to watch this video from Joe Edelman.
In it, you’ll see that it’s really not about how many lights you have, but how they are used. Or rather, how one light is used, in this case.
It’s amazing what you can actually do with just a single flash and maybe a reflector or two, so don’t let limited gear stop you from creating what you want to create
I have to admit, I’m one of those photographers who seems to collect flashes. Between my studio strobes, ringflash and speedlights, I probably have about twenty.
Do I need all of those lights to make a decent portrait? No, not even close. Often, I’m only using one or two.
Why so many? Well, they give me options when I need them. Sometimes I need more power, sometimes I need lighter weight and portability, sometimes I need the specific design or capabilities of one flash over another, and sometimes I do actually need 7 or 8 lights to flick little bits of light into all the dark corners of a location shoot.
Do you usually shoot portraits with just a single light? Let us know and show off some of your work in the comments.