On Studio Tuesday, I’m shooting with Elinchrom’s 100Ws D-Lite monolights: There are really two D-Lite RX One To Go kits: The Umbrella Kit retails for $649.99 and includes two D-Lite RX One monolights, two six-inch reflectors, 32-inch white and translucent umbrellas, two Manfrotto 367B nine-foot lightstands along with carrying cases for heads, reflectors, umbrellas and cables. The Softbox Kit, which I tested, sells for $699.99 and includes two D-Lite RX One monolights, two 26-inch square Portalite softboxes, two Manfrotto 367B nine-foot lightstands and carrying cases for heads, reflectors, speed rings and lightbanks. Both kits include a Skyport RX Speed Transmitter so you get wireless triggering out of the box.
For this portrait of Pam Simpson seated on my home studio’s floor and dressed in white and silver, each D-Lite RX with a 26-inch square Portalite lightbank was placed approximately 45 degrees to one another. The lights were lowered to match Pam’s seated pose. The output of each monolight was adjusted via my laptop computer to be approximately one-quarter power. The backdrop is a 5×7-foot Photo Gray Savage Infinity vinyl.
Since Pam was wearing white and silver and was photographed against a gray background, I decided to shoot in my Canon EOS 60D’s monochrome capture mode. Lens was an EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (at 78mm) with an exposure of 1/125 sec at f/16 and ISO 200. Get that? F/16 from two 100 Watt-second monolights set at quarter power. After light retouching, image was tweaked using the Glamour Glow filter, that part of Google’s Nik Collection, set at 50% opacity