Studio strobes on location

A few weeks ago I woke to this email in my inbox: "I would really love to learn to shoot with strobes, but I mostly work in client's homes. For on-location photography, are you hauling a lot of lights and gear? Is shooting with strobes more applicable to working in a studio set up? Or is it something I can take with me when on the go?"

Well, it just so happened that I had a shoot in a client's home the same day I received the email.  So I decided to document shooting with strobes on location and share just how easy it is to take your lights with you.

The image below shows everything I take with me when I'm going on location.  I have a medium (5 foot) OctoDome (and speed ring), an Alien Bee 1600 (and power cord), light stand, radio trigger and receiver, light meter, Contax 645 and film.

sandra coan portable studio

Here is the Alien Bee, Contax, light meter, film, trigger and receiver and power cord in my camera bag.  As you can see, I have room to spare!

sandra coan portable film studio

And here is my camera bag, OctoDome and light stand, all packed and ready to go.  I was able to carry all of this (along with my Americano) to the car in one trip, no problem!

sandra coan portable film studio

Once I got to my clients house, I went to the room we were planning on shooting in and took a meter reading.  Despite the huge north facing window, it was pretty dark!  Shooting at 400, I was getting a reading of F2 1/15, way to slow for working with a baby and a four year old!  So I set up my light... it took me less than five minutes.

With the light set at a 45 degree angle to the bed, I was able to move around and shoot from different angles.

sandra coan strobes and film on location

Here are the results... beautiful, luminous images!!  So glad I brought the strobe!!

sandra coan strobe and film
sandra coan strobe and film
sandra coan strobe and film
sandra coan strobe and film
sandra coan strobe and film
sandra coan strobe and film
sandra coan strobe and film

Questions about shooting strobes on location?  Please ask!  I'd love to help.

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