What difference can speed lights make in your portrait photography?

It makes all the difference! There are two main problems when we do not use a speed light in portrait photography. Either the background is overexposed or the model is underexposed. Without a speed light, there is no happy medium!

portrait, speed light, photography

portrait, speed light, photography

The two portraits above are examples of exposing for the model’s face. You can see that the lighting on him is great, but the background is overexposed.

portrait, speed light, photography

Now this is what happens when we try to expose for the background. The subject is underexposed!

portrait, speed light, photography

portrait, speed light, photography

These last two portraits are what happens when we use a speed light in your photography! You can expose for both the background and the subject. Both of our problems are solved.

This website will give you a little more information on using speed lights with headshots. https://www.lightstalking.com/portrait-photography-with-a-speedlight/

Mike Mcgee is great at using speed lights. You may want to check out his work, too. http://www.mikemcgeephotography.com/2015/08/colored-gel-speedlight-portrait/