One light and one modifier is all I need!

One light, One modifier, that’s all I need or is it?

I’ve been reading all of your comments lately on my Youtube Channel and I discovered you guys never click on the blog links, or go see my past videos. A lot fo the questions you ask me have already been answered… but I understand, past 6 months for me the video is not worth watching.

So here is the thing, I discovered recently that 75% of my work if not more were made with only one light and one modifier only… Can you guess which one?

Before you leave me a hate comment below, because I own Broncolor lights, I was working the same way 6 years ago with only a speedlite and silver umbrella. The main differences are the consistency of the quality of light I get now, the battery life, the power and the fast recycle time.

Shooting against the sun at noon with a speedlite is not easy and a silver umbrella is useless if you are shooting on a windy day. Trust me I broke a few of them and it wasn’t in a tornado.

I needed something small that would give me pleasing results, and this is where the Beautybox 65 comes in. It’s basically my default light and some of you have noticed that I often use the grid on it to narrow the beam and focus my light and reduce the spread.

It acts like a beauty dish, it gives a punchy contrasted look to my images… everything I love !

And what’s cool about this is that it all fits in a bag, one Siros L a camera and 2 lenses a few batteries inside a big bag, but still a single bag!

The Beuatybox 65 can be used with any speedlites on the market with the correct adapter, and other brands also propose their collapsible beautydish.

Then, it’s up to you to be creative. All the following shots were made with these tools. And my go to light placement is easy, I always start with my strobe camera right or left, slighty above my model in a 45 or 90 degrees angle.

 

Marina Kudryashova (Bordeaux – France)
5D mark III + Broncolor Siros L 800ws
1/200sec f5 ISO 125 at 24mm

 

 

Here I wanted a bright even light… the sun hits camera left, my light is camera right, If I did this shot again today, I would go for that double shadow on the floor.

Marina Kudryashova (Bordeaux – France)
5D mark III + Broncolor Siros L 800ws
1/200sec f5.6 ISO 125 at 44mm

 

 

Marina Kudryashova

Palais de Justice (Bordeaux – France)
5D mark III + Broncolor Siros L 800ws
1/500sec f8 ISO 160 at 16mm

 

 
 

A few months back I released a behind the scenes video with another dancer in the same location with an identical setup.

The Benefits of Shooting Tethered: Dance photoshoot behind the scenes

 

Alex Blondeau

Palais de la bourse (Bordeaux – France)
5D mark III + Broncolor Siros L 800ws
1/200sec f5.6 ISO 800 at 24mm

 

 

 

Why do I love using flash? I love control, and here it helped me keep all the details in the sky!

Laura Viaud (Bordeaux – France)
5D mark III + Broncolor Siros L 800ws
1/200sec f4.5 ISO 100 at 24mm

 

 

 

Laura Viaud (Bordeaux – France)
5D mark III + Broncolor Siros L 800ws
1/200sec f6.3 ISO 160 at 24mm

 

 

Or like I often do, I slightly underexpose my background, for a darker more dramatic image.

 

Candice Dupont (Toulon – France)
5D mark III + Broncolor Siros L 800ws
1/200sec f5.6 ISO 100 at 16mm

 

 

Candice Dupont (Toulon – France)
5D mark III + Broncolor Siros L 800ws
1/200sec f4 ISO 100 at 16mm

 

 

To sum it up, I am still discovering new ways of using one light, simply because each photoshoot is different, the location, the model, the themes, my mood and when you add additional light sources that are already there, a window, the sun, practical lights, you can fake a 2 light set up.

Marlene Chameroy
Light in the back and on the front, easy to guess where the sun is…

And you may have already seen this picture, I made a video on how to emulate that 2 lights look with only one light.

A 2 lights setup with only one flash?

The sun here is my main light, and my light is placed just behind here bare bulb.

 

Yvonne Smink

Musée des Augustins (Toulouse – France)

 

 

Same concept but I left her in the shadows!

 

Jasmin Jaï

Bains municipaux (Strasbourg – France)
5D mark III + Broncolor Siros L 800ws
1/125sec f7.1 ISO 320 at 16mm

 

 

Depending on the amount of Ambient light you let in, you can dramatically change the mood. You can choose to have everything in the dark except your subject, and embrace dark deep shadows or you can backlight your subject and so on…

I am sure, Their will be another video on one light setups because… My beautybox 65 will be replaced soon… Why? Because despite the fact that I love the portablility and the light it produces the beam is too narrow without the grid, so it is not ideal for full-body shots, but this will be the topic for another video

One light and one modifier is all I need!hazekware
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5 comments on "One light and one modifier is all I need!"

  1. Stef betameche on

    Très intéressant de voir comment tu travailles avec un seul éclairage. C’est très instructif. J’ai découvert ta chaine récemment et je crois que je vais me faire u’e soirée hkvisuals. Très bonne journée à toi.

    • Beaucoup de photographes parfois très réputés ne travaillent qu’avec une seule lumière. Même quand on à l’impression d’en avoir fait le tour, on découvre de nouvelle façon d’utiliser une seule source. Bonne soirée Hk Visuals

  2. Theresa Rice on

    Thanks for the reminder to check out the blog.

  3. Just discovered your Youtube channel and decided to check out your blog too lol. Very helpful info here! Thank you so much!!

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