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Hi and welcome to our course on Single Light Photography.

With this course, we will show you how you don’t need a ton of lighting gear to produce amazing results – sometimes one inexpensive but good quality artificial light source is all you need.

At the end of this course, you will learn that by using only one single speedlight and a versatile lighting modifier you can achieve great results.

You will get a practical understanding on how to work with the Westcott Apollo Medium Softbox in a variety of photography styles and subjects.

We will show you:

  • how to augment natural light;
  • how to overcome ambient/natural light;
  • how to blend both modified and natural light together
  • how to use it in a studio.

As a bonus, we’ll show you how we select our top images from the shoots: we’ll take you through the selection process to show you what we look for in an image before the final edit.

After the selection process, we’ll take you through our post-processing workflow, using a combination of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

Join us and the learn the art of Single Light Photography.

Lightroom - Image Selection


1. Equipment

In this chapter we will talk about the equipment that we will be using throughout this course.

We’ll talk about the features we’re looking for in the gear we’re using, and show you how to put everything together.

This chapter is a must see if you have never used the Apollo Medium Softbox before or if it is your first time using speedlights.



2. Tech stuff

In this chapter we will introduce some of the fundamental technical aspects of exposure as it relates to strobes and speedlights: we will focus on the concepts that are needed to understand how speedlights work, what their limitations are, and how to control their interaction with ambient light.

If you’re new to speedlights, this chapter is fundamental for you to understand some of the exposure decisions we will be making throughout the course. If you already have some working knowledge of how to use them, we still recommend viewing this chapter for a quick brush-up on your skills.



3. Simple Studio Headshot

In this chapter we will create some simple headshots with a model in the studio, using only our softbox, an eggcrate grid, and a couple of reflectors.

We’ll show you the versatility of this light in the studio by creating a range of different looks, from a classical beauty setup to really dramatic, controlled light.



4. Outdoor Portrait

In this chapter we will shoot a model on location, demonstrating three different looks using the one softbox:

  • high key portrait, using the softbox as fill light;
  • crosslighting against the direct sun;
  • overpowering the ambient for dramatic lighting.



5. Food in the Studio

In this chapter we are going to shoot food – cake! – in the studio, using the Apollo softbox in different lighting setups to get a different look and feel to the images to match the subject.

We’ll also show you how in a small set situation, sometimes little changes of position and direction of the light source are enough to make a difference in your final image.



6. Outdoors PicNic 

In this chapter we will create a photograph of a picnic board, outdoors, using the Apollo and the ambient light to create a few different looks:

We will begin by using the Apollo as fill light to direct sunlight; once the sun stops hitting the set directly, we will replace it with the softbox as a key light, using different levels of ambient for fill light.



7. Model on Location

In this chapter we will be once again shooting a model on location using the Apollo. This time we’ll be on a rooftop, and we’ll start by using the Apollo to compete against the key light provided by direct sun, changing roles as the day progresses, balancing against the ambient, matching it, and finally using it as a gridded key light for some special effects.



8. Conclusion

Wrap up and consolidation of the previous chapters.



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