A common misconception among beginners in lighting is that they MUST use flash or introduce lights when shooting in a dimly lit room, even when the room has a window. They usually think that if there isn’t enough light, they need to employ multiple lights and flood the space with light.

Another similar misconception is that they should use flash ONLY WHEN there isn’t enough light. Why then do some photographers use their off-camera speedlights when shooting portraits in bright sunlight? After all, why add light when you already have enough?

We are just looking at the tip of the iceberg here with these techniques, there is so much room for creativity in portrait lighting. Try these techniques out, and when you’re ready for more, check out my e-book guides in the right column.

Andy Lim
Author of SimpleSLR Photography Guides