Photography is a fascinating art form that relies on various elements to capture captivating images. Among these elements, lighting holds a paramount importance. With the right lighting techniques, even a single flash can help you achieve impressive results that leave your clients amazed. In this blog post, we'll explore the power of lighting and discuss a simple, affordable starting light that can enhance your photography. Additionally, we'll delve into a one-light setup that involves bouncing the flash off a white wall to create stunning images. Let's get started!

The Recommended Starting Light:

Before diving into the setup, it's important to have the right equipment. While there are numerous options available, one affordable and reliable starting light I recommend is [ ] plus you would need the trigger with the right fitting for your camera to use the flash off camera [ ]. This light provides ample power and flexibility to experiment with various lighting techniques, making it an excellent choice for beginners.

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Creating Stunning Images with a One-Light when you don't have a softbox or any other specialist light modifiers


A one-light setup can be incredibly versatile, allowing you to achieve stunning results with minimal equipment. One of my favorite setups involves positioning the subject close to a white wall and bouncing the flash off it. This technique creates a soft, diffused light that beautifully illuminates the subject and making the background go dark for a studio like result. Here's how you can achieve this setup:

Equipment Used:

For the example below, I utilized a Profoto B10 light. However, the recommended starting light mentioned earlier would also work effectively.

Camera Settings:

To control the exposure and achieve the desired results, I used the following camera settings as a reference point:

Aperture (f-stop): f/25

ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/200

Keep in mind that the exact settings may vary depending on your shooting location and the specific lighting conditions.

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Flash Configuration:

In this setup, the flash acts as the primary light source, overpowering the ambient light to create a dramatic effect. Set your flash to full power to ensure it dominates the scene, resulting in a dark background and emphasizing the subject.

Placement and Bouncing Technique:

Position your subject relatively close to a white wall. This allows the flash to bounce off the wall, creating a soft and flattering light that wraps around the subject's features. Experiment with the distance and angle between the flash and the wall to achieve the desired effect.


Understanding and mastering lighting in photography is crucial to capturing breathtaking images. While you may start with just one basic flash, the possibilities are endless. Remember to experiment, practice, and adapt the techniques to suit different shooting environments and subjects. With dedication and creativity, your photography skills will continue to grow, capturing extraordinary moments for everyone to cherish.

Note: The camera and lens combination mentioned, R6 with Canon 100mm f/2.8L, is provided as a reference and can be substituted with equivalent equipment based on individual preferences and availability.