How to Take Great Home Studio Portraits with a Single Flash Head

6 years 2 months ago #399996 by PT Talker
If you're just getting started with your home studio, you'll enjoy this video tutorial from Gavin Hoey , demonstrating how to work with a single, bare flash head to create great portraits. He walks you through several simple lighting setups and then shows you some awesome Photoshop tricks, so be sure and watch the whole video.

It's probably worth mentioning that Gavin is using a flash meter to set his aperture, which will save you a lot of time, and a very versatile and reasonably priced flash head. I'll give you some links to information and pricing for the equipment below the video.

Ready? Here you go:



If you're interested in the equipment used in this shoot, here's the list:

Flashpoint SL-360 StreakLight 360 Watt-Seconds
Flashpoint Commander Transciever Set for StreakLight
Sekonic L-308s Light Meter  

If you'd like to learn more about working with studio strobes, check out the reading list below.

Recommended Reading:
Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers
Direction & Quality of Light: Your Key to Better Portrait Photography Anywhere
Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It: Learn Step by Step How to Go from Empty Studio to Finished Image
How to Set Up Photography Lighting for a Home Studio


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6 years 2 months ago #400029 by KCook
Curious.  The post work is more advanced than the lighting.

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6 years 2 months ago #400081 by PT Talker
Agreed, Kelly. I saw that as part of the demonstration - simple lighting in a limited space and a little Ps magic.


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6 years 2 months ago #403327 by Jason Oldman
:thumbsup:  well I thought it was a good watch.  Maybe it's assumed that we all should have expert understanding of post?  :rofl:


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6 years 1 month ago #405007 by David Hutnik
I need to get a good lighting set up.  Maybe Santa will take care of me this year.  


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6 years 1 month ago #405974 by KCook

David Hutnik wrote: I need to get a good lighting set up.  Maybe Santa will take care of me this year.  


One consideration that is easy to overlook in lighting selection is the speedring mount.  Linky for a map to that game -

www.fotodioxpro.com/index.php/speedring-chart

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