It feels kind of like breaking news: yes, Mr. Crazy-Getup-to-Hold Multiple-Lights-There-are-30-Speedlights-in-My-Travel-Bag-at-All-Times himself, Joe McNally, shows us how to create a beautiful portrait with one light. “One big, beautiful light”.
In a recent “Photo on the Go with Joe McNally” videos for AdoramaTV, the revered master of lighting takes us on a deconstruction tour of one of the most basic portrait techniques available. The one-light studio portrait.
This is almost as simple as it gets (especially if you’re Joe McNally), and the results are predictably beautiful.