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Simple Two-Flash Set-up

Behind the scenes at portrait lighting workshops with Speedlight flash master David X. Tejada

David Tejada photo of a model lit with a warm light, and cool light in the background

© David Tejada

D850, AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II, 1/125 second, f/2, ISO 200, manual exposure.

The Portrait Workshop Series

If you're visiting for the first time, we're presenting here a dozen photos taken at portrait photography workshops by the noted commercial photographer and Nikon Creative Lighting System expert David X. Tejada.

To get the most from his tips, techniques and comments, be sure to take a few moments to check out our notes on flash, metering and the CLS before viewing the photos.

David Tejada set up photo of a Speedlight with an Orange CTO gel over the flashhead

© David Tejada

David Tejada set up photo of a model with a diffuser filling a doorway to her right

© David Tejada

Times Two

For this portrait David used a setup somewhat similar to the one for Photo 4, with an SB-5000 fired through the supersilk diffuser.

But this time he did use a second flash—an SB-5000 positioned above and to the model's left—as a rim light. That flash had a honeycomb grid and a one-half CTO (Color Temperature Orange) gel on it. The grid channeled the light to a narrow area and provided a specific degree of light spread. It also kept flare away from David's lens.