Portraits with one light – part 2

I am primarily a natural light photographer but have begun to work more with other lighting.  It is a learning experience but after getting over the initial fear of flash, some classes, working with a mentor and experience…I can now say that I’ve actually grown to really like working with one light source off camera (as seen here); it gives portraits a bit of a moody kick.   One light means you get varied results based upon where you place the light; high or low, left or right, in front or even behind.

The results look great in color but they also lend themselves very well to converting to black and white, sepia, and just about any other combination of not quite full color.  And I must admit that working with one light is easier in some ways (and easier to afford and lug around) than having a full portrait light set.  In the case of these photos from a recent portrait shoot, a hair light was added.  Strictly optional but we decided to go with it to brighten her dark hair some.  My editing process was first to use some portrait skin softening presets before converting to the various monochrome edits shown here.

The first image was converted using a black and white gradient map but I restored just a bit of the color to the image by lowering the opacity.  The second image uses a soft chocolate black and white action and the last image is a straight black and white conversion with the gradient map.  Did I happen to mention that I really enjoy doing stylized/themed portraits?

Now that winter is knocking on our door here I will be practicing more with using one light not only on people but still life images.  Who knows what I may create!  So tell me, do you prefer your lighting one light or multiple or strictly natural?

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Fine art photographer who loves to see and capture the amazing things in this world. Owner of Images by TDashfield photography. www.imagesbytdashfield.com
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14 Responses to Portraits with one light – part 2

  1. You’re doing a great job working with a single light. The course that I just finished talked about the importance of developing this skill. Perhaps, I will aspire to this photographic goal one day.

  2. bulldog says:

    Wow these I like… great work…

  3. tedgriffith says:

    Great shots, Teri! I’m a natural light shooter almost all the time.

  4. dhphotosite says:

    These are fabulous! I’m a natural light or one light source guy. Love the mood that those two create.

  5. GoodLooknOut says:

    Love these shots! You did a good job with adding JUST the right amt of light with all of these images!

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    These are beautiful, Teri. Well done!

  7. Superb. You’re doing beautiful stuff.

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