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In my ongoing project of shrinking my equipment bag for quick portraits on location, I have now reached a milestone. This time I just had to pack one Speedlight SB-910, one black/white umbrella, a Lastolite TriFlip collapsible reflector and two light stands. Plus the connectors and clamps needed to attach them.

I usually bring two Profoto D1 or one AcuteB 600R for assignments like this, but as this was inside a building and no sun to battle, bringing just enough to get the work done felt like a good idea. And it was.

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Three weeks of our summer vacation we spent in the small town of Collioure in France, and with kids that like to get up early, I saw a lot of fantastic sunrises. A bakery was also a part of that equation, and they tend to open when most people still sleep.

Taking photos of sunrises is one thing, and that can quite easily be done without any fancy equipment, camera stands or lights. But, when you want to include, let’s say, your son in that sunrise photo, some kind of light needs to be added.

On this vacation, I had only packed my Fuji X100s and one Nikon Speedlight SB-800. The flash extension cord stayed for the most of the duration in my bag. The built-in flash in the Fuji is quite good, I think, but it just gives you light from one fixed direction, on-axis with the camera and a little bit too low.

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This year I had the joy of packing my most lightweight camera bag ever for our trip to France, just my Fuji X100s (read my review here), a Nikon speedlight SB-800 and a sync cord. Plus one spare battery and the charger of course.

With my oldest son as model (his only demand was to have the truck included in the photos) I took some time one day to experiment with off-camera flash in front of a wooden wardrobe. The only problem was that I didn’t want the harsh light from a bare speedlight, and all my lighting modifiers were at home.

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Portrait, strobist-style busy street with slow shutter and one light

I must admit, even if I have learned so much reading the Strobist blog the last couple of years, I have not once tried adding a Speedlight to the mix when shooting outdoors. Don’t really know why.

But, when the stand-up comedian I had helped with studio portraits earlier this year called and had an idea for new photos to market his new show, it was time. But not Speedlights, just one Profoto AcuteB 600R and a flash head.

Behind the scenes and mistakes here…