This is a guest post by Robin Owen.
I’m often asked what I use to light my boudoir shoots. My favorite studio lighting setup is a Photogenic caster-based light stand, a 24”x32” Litedome softbox, usually with a grid in place, and an Alien Bee studio strobe, which I fire with Pocket Wizards.
I connect the strobe to a long extension cord and drag the light all over the studio with me. I never leave it one place for very long. I like to change the look of my lighting often during a boudoir shoot—something I found difficult to do with my old light stands. I love this setup and will never buy any other light stand again. The light stand’s footprint is very small; it hardly takes up any floor space at all, which makes it great for tight spaces. It’s bottom heavy and there is no chance someone is going to knock it over. I can also roll it effortlessly with one finger, and I can reposition my light without having to put my camera down. No more fighting those big bulky light stands with the legs that stick way out. I always tripped on them or wasn’t able to get my light just where I needed it because the stand got in the way.
Not just for boudoir, weddings, too!
Occasionally I take this setup with me to provide light in dark wedding venues where I can’t bounce my flash. If the light stand is setup as a stationary light in a corner, I don’t have to worry about someone running into it and knocking it over because the base is heavy.
When not plugging directly into a wall power outlet, I’ll use an Alien Bee Vagabond battery pack, which I set in a shallow wood box I made that fits snugly on the base of the stand. I place the Vagabond inside the box and the whole thing glides around the venue effortlessly with me.
The softbox is usually high enough in the air so it doesn’t get in anyone’s way and the footprint is only about 2 ft. wide so it glides easily through a crowd. When it’s time to eat, I plug the Vagabond in for a quick recharge. I just love my Photogenic light stand. I have to say it’s one of the best pieces of photography equipment I’ve ever purchased.
Editor’s Note: Check the Paul C. Buff website for information on the availability of the pictured version of the Vagabond. A new mini version is available and getting good reviews. Make sure you get the proper “speed ring” attachment that allows you to mount your softbox to your monolight.
Robin Owen is a MD-based photographer. She also runs photographer directories and community sites. See the following links:
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