A few weeks ago I setup a mini-studio in our dining room for an Easter photoshoot for our granddaughter. The shoot was quite successful and I thought I'd share my lighting setup.
The gear: Alien Bee 1600 strobe with the Paul Buff XL softbox (which i will review in a different post); Canon 580 EX II flash on a Manfrotto Justin Clamp; pink seamless; Canon 7D.
Initially I started out only using the Alien Bee inside a Paul Buff softbox. As you can see from the image below, the light coming from the right looks good. This is the direction that I was planning to have our granddaughter facing. I had the Alien Bee set at 1/16 power. I fired off a few more test shots but was not happy with the shadows I was seeing on the left.
I added a Canon speedlite and put it on a Manfrotto Justin Clamp on the floor. I set the flash to manual with 1/64 power and used the white panel for bounce. This was enough to take out the shadows and cast some light from the left to help balance the lighting.
As you can see below, adding the additional flash helped brighten and balance the image lighting.
The final setup for the shoot with strobe and camera settings was:
Canon 7D - ISO100, Shutter speed at 160, Aperture at 6.3, White balance at 4000k
Canon 580 EX II - manual settings, 1/64 power, white panel for bounce
Alien Bee 1600 - 1/16 power inside a softbox with double panels for extra diffusion