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Build A Beauty Shot From Start To Finish With Simple & Inexpensive Gear

By Anthony Thurston on October 14th 2014

Contrary to what your mind may be telling you about studio shooting, you don’t need super expensive high end equipment in order to be able to pull off highly professional imagery.


In reality, a couple of speedlights, a reflector, some simple modifiers, and a trigger is all you need in order to pull off some incredibly professional images. Patrick Hall, from Fstoppers, recently released this great video taking you from start to finish on a studio beauty image without all the super expensive gear you think you might need to pull something like this off.

What I love most about this video is the speed of it all. Patrick explains everything, gives examples, and yet does so without dragging on like is very easy for videos like this to do. I also like how you get to see the image being built from a bare flash all the way up to the final multi-light setup that renders the beautiful beauty image.

This video really just hits home the point that you don’t need super expensive gear in order to pull off professional imagery, even in the studio. For those interested, you can find the Fstoppers Flash Disc that they mention in the video on Amazon. Yongnuo speedlights can also be found on Amazon, here.


What are your thoughts on this video? Has it inspired you to try some new things with the gear that you have? Leave a comment below!

[via Fstoppers on Youtube]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Josue Flores

    The flash disc!! It´s a great modifier!! I always have one in my bag!!

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  2. Eric Sharpe

    Those discs are great. I may purchase 2 more, and give this a go. All I’ll need then is a beautiful model…

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  3. Sathiaseelan Pitchai

    I have been following Lee and Patrick from the moment they launched Fstopper, they have done an awesome job with the website. I am kind of person you likes to see Videos than reading an article and Fstopper has been a one stop location for me.

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  4. Paul Monaghan

    I was originally skeptical about these little things when they first came out but they do look like a handy thing to have in your bag, and this show’s that they can be put to good use :).

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  5. Clare Havill

    Great step by step guide.

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  6. Steven Pellegrino

    The FlashDisc looks like a great modifier to have in your bag. It takes up no space and obviously very light. I’m currently using a LumiQuest Softbox III in my bag. It’s light and thin, but this may be a better option.

    I thought this was a very good video. I don’t do this kind of photography, but I always enjoy learning these techniques.

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  7. Amanda Jehle

    I find studio lighting pretty intimidating, so I thought this was a great video! Thanks for sharing.

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