A Look at How to Improve One-Light Portraits
I firmly believe that anyone starting out with artificial lighting should master working with a single light first, but that does not mean one-light setups can’t produce versatile and professional results. This great video will show you a critique of several one-light images and provide you with a ton of helpful advice on lighting, posing, and more.
Coming to you from Lindsay Adler Photography, this excellent video features her critiquing a wide range of one-light portraits. When you are new to artificial lighting, it can be tricky trying to learn the ins and outs of everything. Starting with one light is the best way to go, as it keeps things from getting too complicated too quickly, and it allows you to gain an intuitive grasp of things like light fall-off, size, subject-to-background distance, and more. And one-light setups are not just a learning tool; they can easily produce professional results, and many photographers use them throughout their careers for a wide variety of scenarios, especially for on-location or environmental work where more complex setups would be unwieldy. Now is a great time to practice them at home, so check out the video above for lots of helpful advice from Adler.
Video of 1 Light Setup Image Critiques by Lindsay Adler