In a studio setup, we usually use strobes – big, outlet-powered lights. Like the two main lights here, with softbox and umbrella:
Fired by a pocketwizrds: you can see one on the left.
But if you look carefully, you will also see two speedlights there.
Speedlights? Yes, but fired manually, also via pocketwizards. For which you need a pocketwizard and a cable from www.flashzebra.com for each one.
Why do I small flashes for hairlight and background light?
- Less cabling, since they are battery-powered
- And not least, the ability to use Honl Photo small flash modifiers such as grids, snoots, and gels.
All of which I use here, and the resulting photos look like this (shot on a 1Ds MkIII with a 70-200mm lens):
(PS if you are buying those modifiers, and I recommend you do, as a reader of this site you are entitled to use the Honl Photo web order discount code which Dave just made available for you: enter code mvw2011 which gives you 10% off the price!)