The reason why I often use one light!

The setup I use the most, the one you really have to master before jumping to 2 or more lights. To be really honest, even when I have the option I often simplify and use that one and only light. But the thing is, a lot of cases, it is not an artistic choice. I don’t really have that many options on most of my sessions for a simple reason: Budget!

“Money” will obviously define what will be possible. I quickly talked about this in my previous video. You will have to propose and create images for your client that will suit their needs and that will be adapted to their budget. One of the reasons that push me to make a few changes next year, is that the clients I have today often don’t have the money for big photoshoots. What I mean by “big” is that they can only afford me and my camera and the addition of a flash is usually a luxury.

So this is the reason why I often only use one light or the light available on location and also because I am lazy and that I don’t want to carry too much gear with me when I travel (but you got to keep this reason for yourself).

 

Fujifilm GFX50s + Broncolor SirosL
GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR
1/125sec at f/4 ISO100 – 32mm

 

 

Fujifilm GFX50s + Broncolor SirosL
GF 23mm f4 R LM WR
1/125sec at f/4 ISO100 – 23mm

 

 

Fujifilm GFX50s + Broncolor SirosL
GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR
1/125sec at f/4 ISO100 – 32mm

 

 

It’s awesome to have control, and this is one of the benefits of using strobes, I also love having more creative options. Before jumping into more complex setups, I believe learning how to master one flash or a single light source first is important. This will already take a lot of your time and will benefit your work in the long run.

 

CANON EOSR + Broncolor SirosL
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II
1/200sec at f/3.5 ISO100 – 65mm

 

 

CANON EOSR + Broncolor SirosL
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II
1/200sec at f/2.8 ISO100 – 50mm

 

 

CANON EOSR + Broncolor SirosL
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II
1/200sec at f/5 ISO800 – 24mm

 

 

I would love to work on bigger projects more often, having my own team, travel first class and eat in fancy restaurants… Forget the 1st class and the fancy stuff, I just wish money wasn’t always in the way because my work would be totally different creatively.

Now you know what to do, get your ass out there, and use only one light in every way possible until you get sick of it. Are you a natural light shooter? What are your favorite set up on location? one, 2 more lights? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Huge thanks to these 2 wonderful artists!

Alexandra Vadon

Marie-Lou Lagrange

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3 comments on "The reason why I often use one light!"

  1. Hi there! Could you share your shooting locations at your posts? Even I’m not in France, I always wonder where is it (a church, a museum, a private house, etc), and how difficult it will have been to obtain permission for the shooting at the location? And try to imagine myself putting in your shoes?
    Thanks
    By the way… do you prefer comments here or at your YT channel? 😉

    • Hellooooooo thanks for the Three comments! I will only approve this one though 😉 I did forget to mention the location on this one, the first session happened in front of the Goerge Labit Museum in Toulouse and the 2nd one inside the church St Pierre des Chartreux. I already made a video on how I get permissions for the locations I use… I invite you to check it out… You are free to comment wherever you want!

  2. Yes… I have already seen that video, but I’ll check it again!

    Thanks for the answer!!! (even it was only one 😉 )

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