The photo shoot with Hannah reminded me how much fun it is to take photos in a studio setting. When one has greater control over the light, one can do so many fun things that just aren’t possible otherwise. Inspired by this experience, I began to think about putting together my own portable studio—a set of lighting gear I could set up at home or on location. Robban, the chap who lent me his studio in Stockholm during the summer, gave me some good recommendations, and I put together a list of the equipment I would need.
Today I placed an order for my starter kit:
- Elinchrom Style RX 600
- Elinchrom Style RX 300
- Rotalux Softbox Deep Octa 100 cm
- Umbrella Wide Reflector 90° 16 cm
- Grid Reflector 60° 18 cm
- Snoot & Grid
- Translucent Umbrella 85 cm
- White Umbrella 85 cm
- Two light stands and a carrying bag
- A carrying case for up to three flash heads
- One EL-Skyport transmitter and two transceivers
- A sync cable
- Lastolite black and white collapsible backgrounds
Obviously I’ll need to find a place to work. I think the living room at home would be a good place.
I’m going to investigate options for setting up larger backgrounds than the collapsible ones I’ve ordered. Plain black or white cloth would probably suffice for many applications I have in mind; then I just need a rig to hold it in place. If anyone has suggestions for flexible and inexpensive ways to set up backgrounds, please get in touch.
Another thing I’d like to do is to find a way to block stray light from the windows, so that I can work during the daytime. It’s too bad this house wasn’t constructed after the built-in rolling shutters became popular in this part of the world—those things are great for blocking out light! Perhaps some heavy curtains would be a good solution. They could remain in place even when not in use. However, maybe there are other ways to block the light. I welcome ideas on this too.
Most of the new gear should arrive within a couple of days. I’m excited about putting it to use for the first time!