The Power of a Single Light in Portrait Photography

Uncover the remarkable versatility of a single light source as we venture behind the scenes of an engagement photoshoot in this helpful video tutorial. 

In this behind-the-scenes video, Jiggie Alejandrino, a wedding photographer hailing from the Philippines, provides viewers with a glimpse into the art of using just one light source for an engagement photoshoot, offering several noteworthy takeaways for photographers of all levels. Strategic light placement is a central theme throughout the video. Alejandrino carefully positions the light source to complement the existing ambient light, creating a harmonious blend of artificial and natural illumination. This approach preserves the authenticity of the location while achieving well-lit subjects. Creative experimentation is also a recurring theme. His willingness to explore different lighting setups showcases the potential for diverse image outcomes. By making subtle adjustments to light direction and contrast levels, he demonstrates the value of creative exploration in photography. Altogether, it’s a great demonstration of how important the ability to mix natural light and artificial light is, and it’s worth a watch by any photographer learning how to light portraits. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

If you would like to continue learning about how to light a portrait, be sure to check out “Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley!”


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