Tam Nguyen Photography

New York Beauty and Fashion Photographer

Poor man’s studio: 1-light setup

Posted on November 10, 2010 in Photography

Poor man’s studio: 1-light setup

Lately, I’ve been playing with the studio equipment that we have in our garage. It’s a 3-light setup, and I normally have one giant octa-dome in the model’s front, and 2 strobes in the back to light up the background. The problem with this is the light sometimes becomes uneven, especially when the model turns away from the front octa-dome. There have been more than a few times that I wish I had more than 3 lights to play with. Let’s face it, we all want the gear we don’t really need, and our justification is, “well, just in case I need it”.

It never occurred to me that the more strobes you have, the more complex the setup becomes. I’ve never actually stopped to think, “Maybe the best lighting is the simplest lighting – just one”. This idea didn’t come from me; it came from Tony Corbell’s instructional video. Check it out!

I look forward to the next studio shoot so I can try this out. In the meantime, I’ll just link you to some Profoto kits for some eyecandy 🙂

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