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50+ Stunning Portraits & Still Life Images Using One Light

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You'd be amazed at what it's possible to achieve using only one light or strobe. Although many of us may envy a full studio setup complete with all lighting configurations imaginable, it's often something of an unrealistic dream! Today's post is designed to inspire you to shoot with the equipment you have, and make the most of your simple lighting setup!


One Light Only

Every photo below was taken with just a single external flash or strobe (and, in some cases, a reflector as well). There's no fancy multi-light trickery - just a simple setup, and some creative photographic thinking. Enjoy the images, and feel free to share your own in the comments!


Dish of Beauty

One Light Strobist

Day One Hundred Sixty Nine

One Light Strobist

Levitation

One Light Strobist

108/365 [EXPLORED]

One Light Strobist

Not sure what that is, but it is so cool!

One Light Strobist

Day One Hundred Ninety Five

One Light Strobist

Shiny Happy People

One Light Strobist

Street Dreams

One Light Strobist

Over 30 years of family fun!

One Light Strobist

365.17

One Light Strobist

Álvaro Hernández

One Light Strobist

Formidably Tireless

One Light Strobist

Iwan Wolkow

One Light Strobist

Light

One Light Strobist

Industrial Girl

One Light Strobist

Stella Bottle

One Light Strobist

Royce

One Light Strobist

Dad in Mono

One Light Strobist

Self Portrait

One Light Strobist

Frog Party!

One Light Strobist

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....

One Light Strobist

Juan José Ballesta

One Light Strobist

Allison Railroad

One Light Strobist

On Darkness

One Light Strobist

Joshua Targownik

One Light Strobist

Setup shot for the Sea of Green

One Light Strobist

Kayla

One Light Strobist

Happy Valentine Week

One Light Strobist

Ang

One Light Strobist

No More Running

One Light Strobist

Playing with Lighting

One Light Strobist

Lost

One Light Strobist

A Year of Sundays

One Light Strobist

Tim Forbes

One Light Strobist

Doe Ironwood

One Light Strobist

Orange is IN!

One Light Strobist

Mosh

One Light Strobist

Lemon Drop

One Light Strobist

ContactSheet Emily

One Light Strobist

365.23

One Light Strobist

Emily RAF

One Light Strobist

S x 2

One Light Strobist

Doe Ironwood

One Light Strobist

OneLight Madness

One Light Strobist

It's a Geeks Life

One Light Strobist

Pastel Sticks

One Light Strobist

Annah1

One Light Strobist

365.2

One Light Strobist

Andrej & Olga

One Light Strobist

Bottle Tops

One Light Strobist

Lighting Resources for One-Light Photography

Here are a few links, websites, and resources for finding out more about lighting in general!

  • Strobist - A great blog, packed with lighting examples, tutorials, ideas and tips.
  • Using a Single Strobe - An interesting forum post, complete with loads more examples and explanations of this type of photography.
  • Quick Tip: Dramatic Portraits With Off Camera Flash - This quick tip article is all about getting your flash off the camera, and using it in creative ways to capture great, dramatic portraits. Whether you use a dusty old garage sale hot shoe speed light or the latest electronic strobe kit matters much less than how you place, and direct your light.
  • Single Strobe Photo - A slightly over-commercial site, but it contains plenty of examples of the type of kit you should be looking to purchase.
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