Ready in a flash: how to capture editorial-style location portraits

How to capture a group portrait
(Image credit: Ben Bentley)

Shooting portraits featuring multiple subjects has been always been a crucial skill set for me, whether it is for a magazine feature or campaign imagery for a record label. In my experience, time with my subject is a luxury, not a given, so my ability to deliver a brief in any location and in an efficient manner is crucial.

Using strobes on location opens up a whole world of possibilities that simply relying upon ambient light does not offer. The ‘hurry up and wait’ nature of being on assignment means I have to be constantly adaptable, and able to offer consistently solid results – regardless of whether we lose the break in the cloud or that great afternoon light coming through a window.

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