Portrait Lighting with One Light

Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away with lighting, but lighting doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective.

For this shoot, time was limited, so I wanted to simplify things by reducing my variables.

I decided to use a single strobe, mounted in a stripbox to the model’s right (camera left), positioned in such a way that the light subtly wrapped around her while the spill gave a gentle glow to the background. A large white reflector was placed opposite the light to the model’s left for fill. Continue reading “Portrait Lighting with One Light”


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Why are Professional Photographers so expensive?

Shooting professional photography is a skill acquired through years of experience. Even though a DSLR now costs under $1,000, taking professional portraits involves much more than a nice camera.

In this digital age where everyone has cameras, scanners, and home “photo printers,” we hear this all the time: How do professional (or personal) photographers charge $X for an 8×10 when they cost just $1.50 at the drugstore? Simply put, the customer is not just paying for the actual photograph; they’re paying for time and expertise.
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