Photographer Aaron Anderson posted a video on his YouTube channel detailing how to set up one light for dramatic portraits that can be reproduced virtually anywhere with consistent results. Anyone with a camera and a light could set up a similar kit to the one shown and be well on their way to creating dramatic portraits in no time.
Anderson goes through the entire process, from what gear he has set up, to why he chose it. After explaining the equipment, Anderson jumps right into how to position the light to create that dramatic look with minimal effort needed.
The purpose of this particular setup, as Anderson puts it, is to create a beautiful soft strip of light down the middle of the subject’s face, while retaining soft and even shadows on the sides of the head. This is a popular look for executives and other individuals needing headshots who prefer a darker, more dramatic look.
This could easily be reproduced with a Speedlight (or flash, for those who prefer that term), some foam core, and a cheap Speedlight softbox. If you have been looking to learn more about lighting or just want to be able to take better photos of your friends and family, then this is a great step toward better understanding light and how to work with it.
You can learn more from Anderson over on his YouTube channel, here.
- Bring your lighting skills full circle with the best ring lights
- The best smart light switches for 2019
- Amazon drops pre-order prices for Alexa-compatible Ring Smart Light starter kit
- Sony partnership with Light aims to take smartphone photography to new heights
- The 6 best blackout curtains to banish excess sunlight and preserve heat