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Portraits With One Speedlite

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In this chapter from Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites, 2nd Edition, Syl Arena will take you through many of the types of light you can create with a single Speedlite. Ultimately, it is your imagination and willingness to experiment that will be your guide.
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The Short Version

When it comes to photographs, there is nothing in the world that we like to look at more than pictures of other people. So if you jumped straight here without reading the previous 300 pages, I understand completely. The quick answer is, “Yes, you can make great photographs of people with a single Speedlite.”

This chapter will take you through many of—but certainly not all—the types of light you can create with a single Speedlite. Ultimately, it is your imagination and willingness to experiment that will be your guide.

Figure 19.1

Figure 19.1 A single Speedlite and some basic modifiers are all you need to get started creating great light for portraits. Left: My dear friend Gabe gets theatric with the globe diffuser used to light the shot at right. Right: This handsome shot was made with Gabe standing below and slightly behind the globe diffuser.

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