Four Great Single-Light Fashion Photography Setups

Fashion photography often makes use of complex setups with multiple lights, but that does not mean you can't create compelling images using just a single light. This excellent video tutorial will show you four different ways to use a single light for creating fashion imagery.

Coming to you from Ian Hippolyte, this great video tutorial will show you four different ways to use a single light for fashion photography. Personally, I think it is very important to start with single-light setups. When you are new to artificial lighting, it can take a bit of time to gain an intuitive grasp of things like light falloff and relative source size, but these are crucial concepts to master if you want to have full technical and creative control of your lighting. Working with just one light at first makes it far easier to start to understand these concepts and build a stronger grasp of things. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Hippolyte. 

If you would like to continue learning about fashion photography, be sure to check out our brand new tutorial, "The Fundamentals of Fashion Photography with Shavonne Wong," which is now available in the Fstoppers store.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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I think he makes an argument why a second light, or reflector, can be useful.

Great models and styling helps a lot too 🙂