We overcomplicate things more than we ever should, especially when it comes to our gigs. We lug around extra gear “just in case.” After so many gigs, you’ll see that there’s a huge difference between being well prepared and just down-right overpacking. You can always do more with less, whether you think so or not. Even if your budget means one light, or in this case a flash, there are so so many ways to utilize that light to get the effect you want.
Jeff Rojas teamed up with ExpoImaging to make short tutorial videos using just 1 and 2 speedlights and light modifiers that ExpoImaging / Rogue offer.
He uses a single Phottix Mitros+ and Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System to create a dramatic portrait. He used the Rogue Flashbender 2 XL Pro as a strip grid, so that he can create a strip of light that highlighted his model’s face, all the while lighting the background. Watch how he does it above!
In the end, the less time you spend lighting your subjects, the more time you can spend directing them and really perfecting the emotion/poses of the shot. Remember that you’re working with people, and not everyone has the attention span or patience to wait for your to fiddle with your lights. Keep it simple with budget lighting with 1 speedlight.
Here are some sample photos taken with: