Mr Mystery: One Light “Anytime Anywhere” Portrait

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: October 1, 2015

Category: General

I mentioned earlier that I was presenting in Derby at the beginning of the week and part of the presentation involved me showing how I create my ‘Anytime Anywhere’ portraits.

So for today’s post I thought I’d share the result along with the series of pictures that show how the final lighting result was achieved…


The pictures below show the thought process behind the technique where the first picture shows natural light and how when I switch to Manual the ambient light is reduced to the point we have a completely black background. Then in the final picture how the light coming from the flash illuminates the subject and the ambient light level remains the same i.e. completely dark.


In 2 weekends time I’ll be recording the tutorial showing the whole process including going through what kit to use and why/when, the behaviour of light, light modifiers plus the post processing and this will be available shortly afterwards.

As always if you have any questions then feel free to make use of the comments section below and I’ll be sure to post a reply. Actually on the subject of questions, if you have any ones in particular to this technique please do let me know and I’ll make a point of answering them in a practical way during the filming.

Have a great Thursday and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


•Check out the LARGE version of this Mystery Man portrait on my 500px portfolio by CLICKING HERE

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  1. Marcel Bauer

    This is awesome Glyn, really looking forward to watching the video on how you did this. I have tried it a few times with you past black background tutorials and it has worked fairly decent. But I really like how the light wraps around in this. Thanks Marcel

    • Glyn Dewis

      Thanks so much for your kind words Marcel 🙂

      • Marcel Bauer

        Absolutely Glyn, I love that you take the time to put these together for us. I know you don’t need to do these, but it’s because you really LOVE teaching, and it shows in your videos. I also have your photoshop book and hope to read it soon. You have a fan for life. Oh and if you are bored (like that ever happens..haha) I wrote a funny little blog post about the latest selfie stick craze, thought you might enjoy. you can find it on my site just search for marcel k bauer with the you know dot com thingy 🙂 I didn’t want to put a direct link on your site 🙂 Again thanks for everything you do and share.


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