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07/22/2011 02:43:09 PM · #1
Hello everyone,

I've been shooting location shots with my alienbee strobes for a long time and I love the high contrast and deep blue skies I can get when shooting models. I'm trying to lighten my load a bit, so I bought a tripod mount and pocket wizard mount for my speedlight to mount on a light stand. I also bought a white umbrella for diffusion.

Does anyone have experience shooting outside with a setup like this? Any pros/cons? Tips/tricks?

Would love your feedback.

07/22/2011 02:47:05 PM · #2
Im a big fan of DIY flash brackets for ganging your flashes and keeping the weight of the flash off of the RC unit.
07/22/2011 02:53:25 PM · #3
I'm looking more for a discussion of results of the photos rather than mounting and hardware responses :)
07/22/2011 03:03:57 PM · #4
Are you familiar with Strobist? That is pretty much the go to site for all things...stroby.
07/22/2011 05:05:37 PM · #5
Pros: now you're lighter. Your batteries are quantum sizes easier to carry.
Cons: wind loves umbrellas. You will not have as much coverage as you have with the bees, and consequently will shoot tighter.

I'm sure there's more, and someone with more experience will add sage words of wisdom.
07/22/2011 05:08:22 PM · #6
Tip: Use sandbags.
07/22/2011 05:35:53 PM · #7
It seems like it would just be good for using as fill lighting for evenly lit portraits, not for creative lighting outdoors.
07/22/2011 05:36:36 PM · #8
How about using a gary fong diffuser instead of an umbrella? Has anyone tried this?
07/22/2011 05:55:59 PM · #9
Originally posted by iMacDaddyX2:

It seems like it would just be good for using as fill lighting for evenly lit portraits, not for creative lighting outdoors.

Dave Black does some pretty creative stuff with Speedlights, and Joe McNally's Hotshoe Diaries is well worth a read. While they will not compete with noonday sun these little guys can be used to create amazing light outdoors if you pick the right time and use them in the right way.
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