So when I pack by bags to do a location shoot, like today’s executive headshots shoot, you saw in a recent post that I bring rather a lot.
And what do I use? How does it look when it’s all set up?
That setup process, which takes about 45-60 minutes including carrying it all from the car in stages, results in this:
This setup consists of:
- A grey backdrop. I like grey because you can make it any colour, from black to white.
- The main (“key”) light: a light stand with Bowens 400 Ws monolight in a softbox. This is fired by a Pocketwizard (just visible, top left)
- The fill light: a light stand with a Bowens 400 Ws monolight into an umbrella. This is fired by the slave cell.
- The background light: a mini light stand with a 430EX Speedlite, with a Honl speed strap and a Honl 1/2 CTB gel. This light is fired by a Pocketwizard, using a Flashzebra cable.
- The hair light: another a light stand with a 430EX Speedlite, with a Honl speed strap and Honl snoot. This light is fired by a Pocketwizard, using a Flashzebra cable.
- A stool.
- The camera set to 1/100th sec, f/9, 100 ISO, and equipped with a PocketWizard to fire the other flashes.
It doesn’t look like all that much, but when you write it out, and then add the power cables, connection cables, bags, and so on, it’s quite a lot.