Here are a LOT of behind the scenes photos from my first shoot with that Fabulous Food Stylist.
We used a local studio that provided ample space for us to spread out, but we even then we stuffed it to the gills with props and gear. And no, we didn’t use any of their lighting or camera gear. I prefer mine – I know it inside and out.
The Profoto Air transceiver – this little ditty is fabulous. I can control the output of several groups of lights from this little camera-top control. So far, it’s worked flawless for me. I have two of these babies – remember, you always need back-up when you’re working for a client.
Profoto D1 Air 250. I know there are a LOT of pros out there who want MORE POWER!!! Profoto offers the 500ws and the 1000ws D1 heads, but I opted for the 250. When I first started this little journey of putting together my own little kit, I actually bought the Profoto Acute 1200 kit with three heads. The problem was, it was too much power on the bottom end. I learned a might bit quick, I didn’t WANT all that power on the top end to shoot at f/16. I wanted that kiss of light on the bottom end so I could shoot at f/2 – maybe even lower.
After I bought the Acute kit, I remembered when Cory Howe and I were always trying to find ways “dump” power with an old set of Speedotrons. We used to run a head out into a dark corner, away from the set, aim it at the wall, and let it go. That allowed us to get main light down to a point were we could shoot at f/4. Even then, sometimes that wasn’t entirely what I wanted. LOL
Then Profoto introduced the D1 head. The D1 Air 250 allows me to shoot at 4ws if I need to. And that’s especially true if shooting my main light at 6-8ws, and I need a touch of fill using a 5 degree grid with a second light.
Yup. There will be those who ask why I don’t just shoot with the speedlight (Nikon SB800?). 1) It runs on 4 AA batteries, which 2) makes recycle times ridiculously slow – even when plugged into a second 6-battery battery pack – or the batteries will eventually fry out. 3) The light spread in a big soft box doesn’t suit me. Add it all up, and I much prefer the “Big Lights”.
So for me, and my style of food photography, it’s not about nuking my set at 1200ws. It’s about that little kiss of light on the bottom end. …even from a big strobe.
Yes, there are less expensive Big Lights on the market. I’ll explain later why I prefer these over the others – but remember, it’s only a matter of personal preference. If you’re in the market for big lights, get what you like and what fits within your budget.
This was my computer set-up for the shoot. The 2013 1.7GHz i7 MacBook Air with 8GB of ram and the 512GB PCIe flash drive. I was using Capture One Pro 7 as my tethered shooting software – it’s flipping fabulous, and saved my files to a 500GB external slimline drive via the USB 3 port.
Please leave a comment or let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks for reading,