« on: June 03, 2014, 01:09:22 PM »
This is my 2 cents... I do paid photos for a local talent agency who needs updated head shots on a regular occasion. They provide a room that is about 10 feet by 10 feet give or take.. it's painfully small but it is what it is. I'm trying to convince them to send the actors to my studio instead where i have more room to play with, but until then i got what i got. I bring 2 of my studio strobes with me. 1 Beauty dish, 1 softbox and 1 reflector. Beauty dish for face, softbox for rim light/hair light, and I bring about 5-6 different backdrop choices (muslins) and background stand.I often use a similar set up for portraits but I like to use a wide angle (180 degree) reflector behind the subject. It serves 3 purposes - (1) light the background, (2) bounce light for a rim light (with lighter backdrops), and (3) adds a nice hot spot behind the subject for a vignette effect around them.
Thats a pretty good setup... For the most part, my main light, and bouncing of the light, tends to be what lights my backgrounds... I prefer darker backgrounds if I can help it, which is where the nice soft rim-light comes in beautifully to separate them from the background. In a perfect world, I would bring more lights and have all the bases covered, but then in a perfect world I would be in my studio, or a bigger studio where I have space to add that light and not run out of space and have to worry that by adding that additional light, my overall combination of lights doesn't overpower the overall exposure allowing me to have a nice wide aperture without the use of a ND filter =)