In this two-part tutorial, professional wedding photographer Bob Davis discusses how to improve wedding preparation shots (for both brides and grooms) with surprisingly portable lighting setups. By adding just a couple of speedlites and compact modifiers to your shoot, photographers can save time on post-production editing and offer clients higher quality images.

Portable Lighting Behind the Scenes

Setup with 53″ Deep Umbrella + Speedlites

In Bob’s bridal prep setup above, he balances soft window light with a speedlite to turn a flat mirror shot into an eye-catching image with dimension. He softens his speedlites with a 🔗Westcott 53. This modifier sets up instantly and surprisingly compact for effortless use in pretty much any location.

Lighting Gear in Action