Constant Light Portraits: The Breakdown with Miguel Quiles


Hey, how’s it going everybody Miguel
Quiles here and in this episode I’m going to show you how I use this one
constant light to take some portraits of male fashion photographer, Jeff Rojas. AdoramaTV presents The Breakdown with Miguel Quiles. Welcome back to The Breakdown. One of the things I learned early on in my photography career was understanding how to shoot with one light. While there are numerous ways to do that here’s one of my absolute favorite
setups broken down so you can replicate the look on your own. For the camera and
lens set up I actually picked out one of my favorite lenses for shooting portraits
which is the 85mm f/1.4 G Master lens from Sony. It is fantastically sharp, it
has beautiful quality of bokeh, which is one of the main reasons why I like using
this lens. I have that on my Sony a7 II, which is a 24 megapixel full frame
camera. Ok so let me go ahead and break down the
lighting setup for you. To begin I place the model about two to three
feet away from the background. For the lighting I’m using a savage 1000 watt
LED which has a bowens mount and the thing that I love about that is that it
works with all of my Phottix modifiers, such as the one that I’m using right now
which is the Phottix Luna Octa. Shooting with constant lights is awesome because
what you see is what you get as you move the lights around you can
actually see how the lighting position will affect the light and the shadows on
your subject face. Now that you have a better understanding
of the camera, lens and lighting setup, let’s take a look at our final images
which were lightly retouched using Photoshop and Alien Skin Exposure 10. My settings for this series of images was an aperture of f/2, shutter speed of 1/200th of a second and ISO 160. Alright so there you have it folks an
easy way to use one constant light to shoot your studio portraits. If you guys
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Also leave us a comment below to let us know how you are enjoying this Breakdown series, while you’re at it go check out the Adorama Learning Center where you
can see tons of amazing, amazing content on all sorts of different types of
photography for your reading and viewing pleasure. Thank you so much for watching and I will see you in the next episode of The Breakdown. Bye everybody.

25 Replies to “Constant Light Portraits: The Breakdown with Miguel Quiles”

  1. I used two pretty low powered constant lights for a long time before I was able to pick up better equipment.
    Your videos were some of the most helpful.

    Thank you.

  2. Another great video, but perhaps Jeff could've have been eating a Big Mac? Just a thought 😉

    Enjoying the series, they are short and to the point. Would love to see more in-depth, like all the way through the process, but know these are meant to be quick.

    Kept it coming!

  3. This is great for a quick tutorial, I know personally I started out with constant light soft boxes before I had any speed lights. Only thing that would have been better would be a little more in depth explanation on various different ways to place the light that are beneficial and why. Other than that, great rundown!

  4. Very Cool tutorial…glad to see someone push constant light shots…while I do appreciate all the videos everyone makes about all the flash set-ups you can imagine, to finally hear some one say " shoot what you see" is great!…this to me is the bridge between the "natural light only" and the "strobist only" crowds arguing….

  5. Miguel. Another good one. Constant lightning is a challenge but certainly worth exploring. Really enjoy your segments and all of those presented by Adorama; very much appreciated.

  6. The pictures taken and retouched are simply wonderful for their contrast and color, will you ever show us just what you do in post and the software that your use one day??!!

  7. Miguel, I have to tell you that seeing that you have added another video makes me smile knowing that something practical will be learned spending my time viewing your insights, and never be afraid of being the nut that you are, it is so liberating honest and fun!!!

  8. Yo veo que don miguel quiles es una autoridad fotografica. No creo que hable espanish pero es virtuoso. De igual forma don Jeff..

  9. I can’t wait to get a flash setup but this really helps me to know I made a good investment with my current setup. My photos have been beautiful!

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