You would be amazed by how many different looks you can achieve, photographically, with only one light and a few different modifiers in your possession. Today we look to another studio example of using one light in studio to achieve a beautiful effect. The setup is in fact incredibly simple. It comprises of one flash head (in this case a Paul C Buff White Lightning 1600) shot through a softbox, directly through a soft white curtain (the same one used in this article), and then onto our subject.
Recently I wanted to explore creating a nice sunlight effect with some drapery in studio and I enlisted the help of one of my favourite models (and founder of her own website, the Fussy Factor) to do so. While the setup looks very complex, it is actually quite simple and repeatable. Not to mention, something VERY similar can be accomplished with fewer lights than I’ve used if you don’t have the same amount of equipment available to you. I’ll explain below.
Photographing people can be a really difficult, trying and frustrating process. So very often I meet people, or even just glance at people and instantly realize that they are stunningly attractive, unique looking and would possibly make exceptional photographic subjects. But deciding who and when to do your creatives with is just a small part of the process. The real challenge is in bringing them to the set and making them feel relaxed enough to get the photos you envision.
One such scenario existed for me recently. About a year ago I met a girl named Shalini whom I thought looked like a disney princess. Dark skin, bright red hair and great big eyes. So I recently I took a chance and asked her to come by the studio for a few photos and she agreed and even seemed excited by the idea!
Moving to proper studio style strobe lighting from available or hot lights is one of the first major hurdles a photographer will cross when transitioning to photography as a career or even just taking your hobby to the next level. However lighting setups do not have to be overly complex, and beautiful photographs, if carefully planned, can be taken with just one light source. Here is an example of a stunning portrait style making use of only one light (in this case a Paul C Buff White Lightning X1600 with a 22″ beauty dish) and nothing but a white wall (which to be honest was horribly dirty lol).