Shooting portraits in full sunlight can be a challenge, or fantastic, or a fantastic challenge. Using the natural light while being in the shadow is often a good recipe for nice portrait lighting, but what if the location is on a rooftop, with no shadow?
For this assignment of producing a magazine cover as well as some portraits for the article about these two experts on working with board of directors, I brought only one Profoto B1 together with some umbrellas and a large 5 foot softbox Octa.
One light can often be enough…
For me, shooting portraits on-location is always a balance between time and flexibility, do I have time for advanced setups or do I want to be able to adjust on the fly to get more variety out of my session.
Often I chose the quickest and most flexible setup, and nothing is more easy to adjust and adapt than lighting with two large umbrellas. If you work indoors and have a large enough room, that is.
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I am not a wedding photographer, but I have helped a few friends with portraits from their big days from time to time. My latest example is from a wedding in Stockholm near the lake Mälaren where they had a ceremony at their house and we decided to take the arranged photos near the water.
They were really lucky with the weather, and I was lucky that I had brought a big light to compete with that sun on a nearly cloudless sky. It has been quite windy lately in Stockholm, and working without an assistant, travelling light, using a beauty dish and a heavy lighting stand is the best combination trying to reduce the risk of expensive equipment falling and breaking.
One light on a sunny day…
I have been looking for a way to fit most of the camera and lighting equipment that I need for standard photo shoots on-location. It can be everything from editorial portraits, to staff portraits and other things that would benefit from me bringing my own light instead of depending fully on the weather or indoor lighting.
After having used a Kata backpack that was large enough to fit two Profoto B1’s and a camera, but not so much else, I found the F-stop Satori EXP, their biggest photo backpack so far (an even bigger, mostly for film crews, is coming later this spring, and might be even better for me).
Closest to a perfect photo backpack so far…