Three-Light Portraiture With One Flash (and a pop-up)

A lot of photographers get intimidated by the thought of using flash for portraiture. Taking that step from existing light with reflectors, creative exposures, and fancy Photoshop plug-ins can be a big one, but once you get the basics down, it can really expand your creative possibilities. Here’s a short video that shows how you can take a single inexpensive speedlight (or speedlite, in Canon-speak) and trigger it wirelessly with your camera’s pop-up flash. In this video, you’ll also notice that I used a shoot-through umbrella to soften the light from the flash. Umbrellas provide an excellent high-quality diffusion, and they are available dirt cheap. I highly recommend this type of setup for jumping into off-camera flash photography. See my gear recommendations for specifics on the gear that I use for portraiture.

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