Individual Portraits

Re-create my absolute favorite, natural, to-die-for golden-glow lighting for portraits.


  • Camera + Trigger
  • Medium to long focal length lens (50mm or higher recommended)
  • 2 Off-camera flashes
  • 2 Full CTO (color temperature orange) gels
  • 2 Light stands
  • Umbrella
  • Reflector (optional)


Hooray! This is the “how I got the cover shot” section! This technique is by far my favorite way to light someone. It gives a beautifully soft natural-looking light that almost no one would think looks like flash. It’s an ideal lighting setup for a cloudy day, but you can use it at anytime of the day or night. All of the images in this chapter are straight out of the camera (Figure 7.1).

You’ll find this setup very ...

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