I’ve been using studio strobes at weddings receptions for a few years now. I’m slowing trying to work them into formals and group photos, particularly for shooting outdoors when I need to overpower the sun. Part of the issue is that I shoot alone and without an assistant so it’s important that the system I come up with is conducive to the fast paced day!
I recently had an opportunity to shoot with NYC as my backdrop, thanks to a wedding I shot in Queens, NY. You can find the blog post here.
I used the following combination for “running-and-gunning” outdoors:
- Paul C Buff Einstein 640 Studio Strobe + 7″ reflector.
- Paul C Buff CyberSync CSXCV Transceiver
- Paul C Buff Vagabond Mini Lithium Battery Pack
- Calumet 9′ light stand
It’s not super portable but I managed to carry this over my shoulder and integrate it pretty well. As long as I don’t have to walk with it for more than 5-10 minutes I should be fine!
I’m still trying to figure out a better system so that I can operate more smoothly. For example, I need to get a shorter cable so that it’s cleaner and tangle-free. I also want to figure out whether I can use my Kacey Beauty Dish and still keep it reasonably portable. Wedding days are usually pretty hectic and time is always of the essence so keeping things simple is very important.
Anyways, here are a few shots taken with this setup. Setting used: 1/200 f11 ISO100. Strobe at almost full power.