I here a lot of people saying that if I only had this and that then I could take some great pictures. When I take out the big lights people often come up with comments like that. I don’t know how many times I have heard the phrase “If I had a light like that then I could do whatever”.
So I decided to do a little post on lightning with a simple setup. This goes to show that you don’t need have big lights or a fortune in equipment to get a decent shot.

I will post five shots and a diagram of the lightning on each one. All the shots are done with just one light and are location shots. The light used is a Canon Speedlite 580ex II. To soften the light a bit I used a cheapo umbrella, not the big expensive one. Just a small white cheap old thing with a diameter just below one meter.

Picture #1

 

Female portrait shot with only one light

Female portrait shot with only one light

Setup

 

Lighting Setup

Lighting Setup

Picture #2

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Female portrait shot with only one light

Female portrait shot with only one light

Setup

Lighting Setup

Lighting Setup

Picture #3

Female portrait with just one light

Female portrait with just one light

Setup

Lighting Setup

Picture #4

Female portrait with just one light

Female portrait with just one light

Setup

Lighting Setup

Lighting Setup

Picture #5

Female portrait shot with just one light

Female portrait shot with just one light

Setup

Lighting Setup

Lighting Setup

I will not claim that these are the über best shots ever, bot I really don’t see them as bad shots and I hope you agree. My hope with this post is that people will try to dream a little less about the equipment they don’t have and use the equipment they do have a lot more.

Feel free to post a comment if you have any questions.

Again the point is get out there and shot 🙂