A studio setup usually uses big, wall-outlet powered lights (“strobes”) and more.
But here’s me, on a recent shoot:
As you see, I used speedlights there. They are smaller, lighter, easier.
The setup was:
- Camera and a backdrop.
- Two light stands.
- On each light stand, a bracket for mounting umbrella and flash.
- On each light stand, a Pocketwizard (as received) and a Flashzebra cable to connect pocketwizard to flash.
- Pocketwizard on camera (as sender).
All you need to do simple portraits like this:
But the real minimum is this:
1. One light stand
2. One bracket like this:
3. One remote flash to put on that bracket
4. One umbrella to put into that bracket
5. One way to fire the remote flash using TTL (the on camera flash is set to not flash, but to just send “morse code” commands to the remote flash). This local master flash can be a large flash (SB-900, 600EX) on your camera, or on certain cameras like most Nikons and many recent Canons, the pop-up flash.
And that is really all as a minimum!
When using that, you simply mix available light with flash, using the techniques outlined on this blog. Then you can do shots like this, of Dan and Kristen, whose engagement photos I made recently in Hamilton: