Posted April 29, 2013 by Gavin Hoey in Videos

Backlit portrait with just one light

Final-ChristinaI’m a huge fan of using speedlights, or flash guns as I grew up calling them and I know a lot of photographers own at least one. For me the humble speedlight is a powerful tool capable of producing amazing portraits.

In this video I try to break the laws of physics by using one speedlight to light both the back and front of a model with just one light. The secret is reflecting the light off of a silver reflector which in effect makes one light become two.

As a final touch I’ll create a sparkling background by adding a little bit of flour into the air behind my model Kristina but in front of the flash.

Equipment used in the video: 

Adobe Photoshop CS6


Canon 60D


Canon 24-105L f/4 IS

5 in 1 reflector

Gavin Hoey