A recent portrait job required resourcefulness in using existing surroundings to my advantage.
This series of portraits were taken for a company’s annual report. Without using any backdrop, I utilized the wallpaper in the boardroom and arranged my lighting setup within this very small patch of wallpaper background, and using the very limited space in the boardroom.
Shooting with 3 speedlights in manual setting (for consistent exposure, TTL is not recommended), I took a few test shots using my assistant as a stand-in model until I got what I wanted. With the position clearly marked on the carpet using masking tape, each subsequent shot was easily and quickly done.
To learn in detail how portrait lighting is done on location, I recommend getting my ebook series, SimpleSLR Portrait Lighting Guides. These guides will show you how flash photography is done, using portable speedlights.