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One Light Portraits – Advanced Set Ups

Ione-light-portraits-reflectorsn keeping with our portrait theme this week is a video that goes over some great ideas for making one light portraits, using some advanced set ups. Keep in mind this is great if you only have on light and don’t want to invest in a more. The reflectors he’s using can be purchased relatively inexpensively, as can the mirrors. Probably the thing you’ll need to do this type of technique is more light stands and some clamps.

Just ignore the plug for the light crane or light boom at the end of the video. That is more applicable if you are doing video with your DSLR.

I think there’s some really great tips in there. Watch it a couple times to catch them all. When I used to do commercial tabletop product photography many moons ago, I used a lot of small reflectors, silver cards and mirrors. You’d be amazed at what you can use to manipulate light and create some great images. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on three and four light set ups if you get a little creative with your DIY techniques.

For more reading on portrait lighting and DIY try these:

Links to check out some of the gear mentioned in the video:

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Darlene Hildebrandt

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