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Beauty Light with Speedlights - Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey - Video

Martin Vronsky

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Sometimes what you really want is a flash that’s small in size and light in weight and that sounds exactly like a Speedlight. A perfect example of this is beauty lighting which traditionally makes use of a boom arm to extend the light above your camera. But if you’ve ever tried to do this with a large studio flash you’ll know all that extra power means a whole lot of extra weight.

In this video photographer, Gavin Hoey uses two Flashpoint Speedlights and a lightweight Glow softbox to create three looks that all make use of beauty lighting in different ways. 

Gavin starts with the classic beauty light combo of an elevated flash with a reflector below. He then adds some simple styling to the scene and ends with a one-light beauty light look.

Timestamps and Chapters 

  • 0:00 Intro 
  • 0:57 Camera settings and light position for beauty light
  • 1:44 Height of the softbox for beauty light
  • 3:44 Setting up a reflector to fill the shadows
  • 4:24 Background light options, Zoom, and gel
  • 6:15 Basic beauty light photo session
  • 6:48 Adding some simple styling to the scene
  • 8:14 Beauty light with props photo session
  • 8:50 Full-length beauty lighting
  • 9:54 The effect of adding a grid to the beauty light
  • 10:50 Full-length beauty light photo session
  • 11:28 Conclusions and Subscribe


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