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Powerful Two-Light Location Set Up

Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 03:30PM by Registered Commenterkennethlinge in , , | Comments3 Comments

Today I want to show you a simple but powerful two light set up for location. The image is of a Mother and son looking at a book together in a nice master bedroom. Main light is an Elinchrom 600 ws Strobe with the 53" Junior Octa my favorite soft box. The second light is a second Elinchrom 600ws unit with a standard reflector placed behing them to the right pointing up in the pitched ceiling. Look closely at the two slim detail crops and see all the second light does! It back lights, lights hair, over all fill lights in addition to lighting up the room evenly. Often simple ways make things look great. I did bring a carload of different lights, never know what you might want and need. Hope your summer is great. For us it has been the second busiest July in my 34 years as a Photographer. Not second most profitable, but second busiest :-)Main light only, Elinchrom 600 ws Strobe w/ the 53" Junior Octa my favorite soft box. Main light + second light a Elinchrom 600ws unit with a standard reflector placed behind them to the right pointing up at the peiched ceiling.

Reader Comments (3)

Nice tip! Next time post a set up pic showing the lights. I'd love to see the angle of the second light and reflector.

July 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdilvie

Good Morning Kenneth, Those are some very pretty photographs, and I thank you for sharing your choice of lighting technique. I too would like to see how you set the lights up in a diagram. I would also like to know some thrifty tips on making my own lighting because I cannot afford such expensive equipment at the moment. Are there some do it yourself websites you could suggest?

Thanks again


PS Have a Great Day

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTamber Bliss

If any of you had ever been to my seminars and seen my articles you would know how I use overviews and comperesance.
When I have a 8 shoot magazine job, with 45 min pr shoot I can't with art director, editor etc running around spend time on overviews, unless I'm ahead of schedule. On this particular shoot, they had by mistake only put up 30 min, the previous shot was outside by the pool, this one on 2nd floor,next one downstairs in the living room. I think the most impressive with this shot is how fast we sat it up did it and got downstairs. Dilvie you know enough about light that looking at the subject and how the light hits them, beside my description I think you very well understand where and how the lights are placed. I will take advice and skip posting images unless I had extra time to shoot overviews for myself and you. It is so many people involved in shoots like this, and I am no computer genious to make diagrams, last ready made I looked at had only 1/3 of the light sources I use in it. BTW I have classes that teaches advanced and simple lighting all year round. See http://www.intsop.com Sorry this comments made me grumpy this early in the day.

PS. Dilvie, Concerning the reflector on the second light it is a standard reflector as I wrote, the little one that look the same with any brand,the one you use with umbrellas etc.

August 7, 2009 | Registered Commenterkennethlinge

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