Just one ring light? I can't believe portrait setups can be this easy!

Using a single ring light for portrait photography
(Image credit: Future)

Portraiture is a photographic genre that is easy to try but difficult to master – and particularly so when it comes to the lighting. Ranging from natural light right through to more complicated four-light setups, the choices can sometimes feel overwhelming.

When I took up photography, like the majority of people I shot with natural light – the sun. Having a single light source, like a ring light, can simplify a portrait shoot; place it in front of your model’s face – about 45˚ off to one side is always a good default place to start. Continuous LED lighting offers another advantage: it allows you to see in real-time how the light falls onto your subject.

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Alistair Campbell

Alistair is the Features Editor of Digital Camera magazine, and has worked as a professional photographer and video producer.