Low Key Lighting with Broncolor

There is something satisfying about working with finely crafted tools. It’s a feeling I remember having back in the film days when shooting with a Hasselblad 500CM and one I had again while shooting with Broncolor’s Move 1200 L Kit 2. It made creating all of the images that you see here easier and fun to shoot and it’s in this spirit of play where creativity lives, inspiring a photographer to try new ways to use these kinds of tools to make better photographs.

Kim.lowkey2Hasselblad Bron Inc. offers three versions of the Move 1200 L kit: The Move Outdoor Kit 1 includes the Move 1200 L power pack, MobiLED lamphead, MobiLED continuous light adapter, 28 x 28-inch Flex softbox and RFS 2 wireless transmitter all of which fits into a backpack. The Move Outdoor Para Kit ($9545) is a single light kit that includes a backpack, power pack and one lamphead along with a 34-inch parabolic reflector with 24 ribs that’s built like an umbrella and has a silver interior coating. The Move Outdoor Kit 2 that I tested is a two-head kit that includes a 28 x 28-inch Flex softbox and a 32-inch umbrella. The kit also comes with a backpack that when packed weighs 38 pounds.

For this shot, Kim is posed against a Savage Infinity matte black vinyl backdrop, that’s ideal for low-key shots. The main light is close to her at camera right, while the second, unmodified Bron MobiLED head is at camera left and behind her. Power is divided at 1:1 between the two heads and with less than half-power overall used. Exposure with Canon EOS 60D and EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM was 1/100 sec at f/6.3 and ISO 250.

Author: Joe Farace

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