One Light Fashion Portrait Photography Tutorial

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Tried this Tutorial? Post your shot here: One Light Fashion Portrait Great portrait photography does not have to be technically complex. Last month we talked about shooting a portrait using natural light. Today, Nick Carter demonstrates how to create gorgeous fashion portrait using just one light. Single Light Source. If you feel comfortable using natural light in your photography then using a single light in the studio would be equivalent of owning your own sun (single light source). While nature can be unpredicted using an artificial source such as studio flash or continuous light will give you a full control. Using one light is a terrific way to learn. If one can master a single light there would be no surprises when multiply lights will be needed later in the game. Keep the variables to the minimum and focus on the subject. Have a great shoot. Assignment: Shoot a portrait using a single light post your shot at link below.


Timinator62 says:

Actually lens “MM” is based on Sensor size in Digital Photography…50MM is a Telephoto because of the sensor size, the Canon APS-C is 1.6X smaller than 35MM film…so let’s do the math: His 50mm lens X 1.6 = 80mm in 35mm He’s right…and you’ve just learned a lesson about criticizing people.

NebulaChavez says:

What a great vid clip – you guys rock – I am a photographer is is always trying to better myself – Thank you for the tech – My site is DJ MICHAEL ANTHONY.COM

Vance365 says:

Using the 50 mm lens is a poor choice for head and shoulder shot. You’re actually widening her face and nose due to lack of compression. An 85 mm or 105 would’ve been a much better choice. Learn the craft before you decide to teach!

Tenebarum says:

Nice.  Can you get by with the one light for full length shots, or is it just really for portraits?

Briana Del says:

Evening! Have you ever tried photo sfxart tricks (google it)? My friend James made some incredible photography with their video lessons.

dlheidemann says:

ISO has nothing to do with pixelation though, you’d want to be concerned with megapixels for that. You might introduce some noise, but you’d have to get up to a pretty high ISO for that. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a little bit of nice warm film grain look at medium range ISOs. You could also get your shutter speed a little faster that way. *shrug* personal preference I guess. Great shots! Keep it up!

Mario Longoria says:

Reminds me monaliza

Scott Prian says:

Because most people are not photographers.

Tarun Sharama says:

good yr

jamumify says:

Good video. It has very helpful tips.. Although her makeup leaves a lot to be desired.

Utroll says:

100 iso is better because of the noise not because of pixellation. Just to be sharp :)

jameswongmalay says:

I love this woman nice tits

shtepae says:

I learned how to plug in devices (which I could have figured out on my own)and the gear and settings you like to use for your shots, that’s it. This seems more like a self promotion (nothing wrong with that) and product placement/ kickbacks video than something that should be unbiased like instructional/tutorial. Perhaps explaining WHY you chose that gear and those settings would have been more beneficial to the general public and a little more credible to your product placement/kickbacks.

Bhupender Singh says:

very grateful full for tips

Bhupender Singh says:

very beautiful

Mulhaji Mol says:

Hey there, are you familiar with “Photo SFXart Tricks” (search on Google for it)? On their website you will find a nice free video showing the best way to create amazing pictures. This helped Joe to take photographs that have that jaw-dropping-effect after you look at them. It may help you too.

LeConcerto says:

The shadow comes from the shutter curtain, which is caused by the camera, not the trigger. The problem still persists if you put a speed light directly onto the camera w/o triggers.
The recommended solutions still hold true though.

Abdul Muhyi says:

good video..very minimalist setup and aimed for beginners..

Hugh Judd says:

Been shooting natural light for years. Had a chance to purchase 3 PCB800s and have moved to strobes. Your tut’s are very helpful. +1

MYTRB says:

how do you sync your speedlights with your say elinchrom strobes which come with built in receiver and skyport transmitter? I have sb910’s with pocket wizard plus III and want to get the Elinchrom d-lite it 4 lighting kit. Would you put the speedlight in slave mode?


Thanks for your video, nice results there. I have one question, you said you are using a 50mm lens. The one you are using looks way bigger than 50mm or is it just my eyes?

MidnightKat5000 says:

Bad makeup and bad editing.

quatie says:

Hi, I have been trying to shoot a with a laser pen today, I cant seem to get it right, what ever aperture, shutter speed, where I stand, if I do it fast or slow I just cant get it to work. What Do I need to do to just take a picture of a moving laser pen?


pixellindy says:

Wow too much digital makeup


Great tutorial but not crazy about the make up on that woman.

RPGod1 says:

great tips, trying it out tomorrow, thank you

burubura says:

the last results were mind blowing !!!

tina era says:

can you do a tutorial with camera flash because not all of us have that studio light we want to know how to photograf with that flash on camera

quagpwn says:

i hate taht music

Heavensntme says:

This was great! Thank you so much for sharing!

Damian Luk Pat says:

i thought something was wrong with my camera or lens. i got the same issue as well shooting 1/250sec so i keep it at 1/125 to 1/160sec as well.

Kristine Giliotti says:

Kiss ur hand 5x and post this on 3 other vids

Zeeem99 says:

I also noticed that a make-up artist was employed at the beginning of the shoot. How important is it to have your model’s face made up? With the fear of sounding greedy, it would be great to have a few basic tips on the “do`s” and “don’t” regarding this. Once again, thank you.

Zeeem99 says:

Thank you for your time in showing us this tutorial. I found it very informative- your delivery is spot on and easy to follow. I was wondering whether you can achieve similar photos with a standard speed-light rigged on a stand to one side? Would the light be too harsh?

artcat21 says:

I really like this, very easy to learn with great results.

HollywoodAMcom says:

That looks great, thanks!

Patrick B says:

Good video and tips, Thank ya

juninho8brazil says:

isn’t that yellow light spoils the photos ?
and what is that light exactly and is it necessary ?

Zoran Roganovic says:

Hello there, do you know “PhotoSFXart” (do a Google search for it)? On their website you can watch a smart free video explaining how to create better pictures. It helped Joe to make pictures which leave you with that wow-effect whenever you take a look at them. I hope it will work for you also…

allycat360 says:

why cant ppl be grateful for tips…ya getting them free…

CRANKYONE100 says:

what lens is that exactly?

Rafa Moon says:

Hello, have you come across “MagicSFXphoto” (search on Google for it)? There you will find a nice free video demonstrating the best way to shoot outstanding pictures. It made it easier for Daniel to make photos that have that jaw-dropping-effect when you look at them. Perhaps it will work for you too.

Cristian Lopez says:

Well, don’t really like this guy but I have to admit that the final product was very appealing to my eyes. good work

startphotography says:

Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

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ajellow123 says:

How many people can I shoot

Mohamed AlHammadi says:

woow nice I like it

eddie918 says:

Only thing i didn’t like was some of the editing was really out there like the last picture. but good job either way, composition and exposures are good

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