Studio lighting hardware is going through its biggest paradigm shift since the invention of the flash bulb in 1929. There have been trends and fads with LED’s seemingly having equal parts of both and appealing to new and mirrorless shooters capturing stills and video. Fluorescent-based systems popularity appears to be holding steady for many of the same reasons with quartz and other “hot lights” loosing ground to literally cooler systems. Electronic flash systems aren’t going away and this week we’re going to take a look at each type of system starting with…
Studio-based electronic flash is available as modular power pack and head systems or monolights and each has pros and cons. The most significant trend with both types of electronic flash is battery power and it’s keeping electronic flash viable for studio or location lighting.
The setup shot you see uses the Broncolor Move 1200 L Battery-Powered Pack with 2 MobiLED Flash Heads. In this setup I placed the main light head with 28×28-inch Bron lightbank at camera right while the second MobiLED head, with its standard reflector mounted, directly behind and aimed at the subject’s back. Background is a 5×7-foot Matte Black Savage Infinity vinyl background and she’s leaning on a Savage Air Flow Tech Table standing in for a posing table.
This low key headshot of model Laura Bachmayer was made using the above lighting setup. The second MobiLED head is placed directly behind and pointed at her back to separate her from the Matte Black Savage Infinity vinyl background. Exposure with Canon EOS 5D and EF 85mm f/1.8 lens was 1/125 sec at f/11 and ISO 200.
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