Joe and the sofa: simple location lighting with speedlights
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One light vs three lights: some strobe fun with Joe

I like gear but carrying loads of it can be a pain, literally. I am sat here right now planning four days of shooting in Fukuoka and Beppu, down in Kyushu.. and I am thinking about gear. The shooting is a real mixed bag, as it's a travel feature and needs to include architecture, portraits, landscapes and night shots. Hmmm, I've already warned the client to expect some receipts for excess baggage.

So here's me and my son messing around last night with one light and then three. The opening shot and the last shot are lit just by one Yongnuo 560 speedlight, going through a Bowens S-Fit small reflector dish and 50degree grid. For the second shot in the spread [bottom left] I used another two Yongnuo 560s, one behind each end of the sofa.

To be honest, I like the one-light setup. That's good. It's probably gonna help me take less gear on my trip next week :-)

Gear used in these shots?

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AiS
Pentaz Super-Takumar 35mm f/3.5 adapted to Nikon F-mount
Yongnuo 560 speedlight
Cheetah Speedlight bracket
Bowens S-Fit reflector dish & 50degree grid


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