You don’t need a fancy studio, assistants, or gobs of gear to make great photos. I fly solo most of the time, working with minimal equipment in whatever locations are available. For these photos, our “studio” was a red chair in the living room of a basement apartment. If you follow me on Instagram, you already saw a preview from this shoot a couple days ago. Here’s how we did it.
To camera left was a Paul C. Buff Einstein E640 monolight with a 22” Impact Beauty Dish. To control the light and prevent it from spilling on to the background, a 22” honeycomb grid was attached to the beauty dish. To camera right was a Nikon SB-900 with a MagMod attached. The MagMod acted as a rim light, with a grid and a warm gel attached with its super neat magnets. Everything was triggered with my Vello Freewave LR flash triggers, which have been rock solid for me since I got them.
Here’s what it all looked like:
Shop for the gear I used on this photo shoot
- Nikon D750 FX DSLR Camera with Meike MK-DR750 Battery Grip
- Nikon 85mm FX ƒ/1.8G Lens
- 22” Impact Beauty Dish with honeycomb grid attached to Paul C. Buff Einstein E640 monolight
- Nikon SB-900 Speedlight (discontinued) — shop for the replacement Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight instead — with MagMod grid and gels
- Vello Freewave LR flash triggers