One-Light and V-Flat Reflector

An artist friend of mine, Allyson Lipkin, dropped by the studio the other day and we did a very quick shoot that resulted in several shots I’m very happy with. The entire shoot was done with a single Alien Bees B800 and a shoot-through umbrella. So, the one-light magic strikes again. But is it really just one light? Well, not always.


The first shot shows the result of using one of my go-to setups. A solid Thunder Gray background and a single shoot-through positioned in front, and to one side, of my subject. It’s the 45/45 position. This is classic one-light.

The second shot (color effect added) appears to have at least one more light coming in from the side and slightly behind the subject, creating that nice highlight on the right side. That’s simply the effect of light bouncing off a reflective panel similar to the one that’s visible in the shot. The diagram below illustrates how two reflective panels were setup as a V-Flat to create this scenario.

I’ve used this reflective V-flat before in a few other shoots including one I did with Abigayle (watch for the upcoming post on this).  Here, again, it’s a single flash, this time directed straight-on to the subject.


Experiment with a single light off-camera and some reflective surfaces.  See if you can get the reflections to serve as background elements/effects, or as secondary light sources for things like adding highlights.  Who knows, maybe this week’s theme in the FB group will be #reflections?



Just got the membership. Great sight. Do you take requests/suggestions for future member content?


The courses are great specially the positioning diagrams.

Is it possible for you to do something on “no-frills” or “equipment-lite” portraiture? No sure the best way to describe it but something that would involve one lens and no sophisticated lighting.

Btw, is there a way to leave feedback in the member section?

Ed Verosky

The Flash Course explains several ways to create great portraits with an on-camera flash and automatic settings, among other things. Any standard lens (like a 50mm) can be used. The Studio Lighting course has information on using household lamps and clamp lights if you have nothing else on-hand. Have you taken a look at those sections yet?

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