Studio Shot for "Kaitlyn On White, 16 Months"

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This is the strobist studio setup for this shot. Hover over the image to see the equipment used as notes.

Strobist Info:
* Key: Alien Bees B800 studio strobe shot into Alien Bees large foldable softbox with grid, camera right.
* Fill: Nikon SB-28 speedlight shot into Westcott 43" Shoot-Through Umbrella, camera left, 1 to 1.5 stops below key, triggered by Pocket Wizard wireless flash trigger.
* Background lighting: Canon 430EX triggered by Pocket wizard, Nikon SB-26 triggered by built-in optical trigger, both at about 1.5 stops below key, pointed into white back. I used the velcro compartment separators from my camera bag as gobos on the two background flashes

Background: Savage 107" Super White Seamless Background Paper

Floor: Two sheets of white tile board, the front one overlapping the back one, which overlaps the paper.

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  1. blakophoto 56 months ago | reply

    Yep, I got mine at Lowes, and I've heard from others that Home Depot sells it too. If you can't find it, and don't want to try to explain to one of their employees what you're doing (because it's a little embarrassing), just tell them that you're a teacher, and you want to make your own white board. Apparently all teachers know about this stuff and use it for that purpose.

  2. seeit_snapit 56 months ago | reply

    LOL! Good suggestion about the teacher comment. :) Thanks.

  3. ashley809 55 months ago | reply

    Thank you so much for posting this! I am attempting to make a studio and you have no idea how helpful this is:)

  4. IanLudwig 54 months ago | reply

    Great setup. Gives some ideas.

  5. mschrieber 54 months ago | reply

    Can you tell me what size your room is? The area I want to do looks like the same size. I am trying to decide if I need AB 400 or 800....I see you have 800. Are you happy with the 800 and Lg box with the size of your room? Thanks!

  6. blakophoto 54 months ago | reply

    I sold my Alien Bee, replacing it with Canon speedlights. I loved the large soft box and 800. That room is 12 foot wide in the back there. My paper is 9 foot, so there's not enough room for the paper and stands, which is why I hung it from the ceiling. You want the room to be as deep as you can get it, since you want to use a telephoto if possible.

    I'm sure a 400 would be great, but the 800 can just barely compete with midday sun. I'd go for the 800.

  7. mschrieber 54 months ago | reply

    Thank you! I ordered 2 AB800s. Our rooms are almost identical but mine is a few feet wider. Thanks for the advise!

  8. katijakoff [deleted] 54 months ago | reply

    Well Done.

  9. kiel_uk 54 months ago | reply

    Hi, nice setup. Can I just ask, did you get the tileboard from Lowes in the UK? I cant find any hardware store that sells anything like what you have there and I've been looking for months! Cheers

  10. blakophoto 54 months ago | reply

    Hey, I really have no idea. I imagine you could, though. Just go in and tell them you're a teacher and are making a white board for your class, and that your coworkers recommended "tile board"

  11. kiel_uk 54 months ago | reply

    I've been in all the hardware stores I could find, and asked for Tile Board. I just get blank looks! So I asked if they had any 'hardboard' or any sheet wood which had a shiny white surface. I explained what I needed it for, but again just got blank looks! The only stuff I could find was about 1/2inch thick (and expensive) mdf type wood with a white coating on it.

    Maybe I just need to buy some plain wood and paint thet bloody stuff! At the moment my white paper roll is rolled out to stand on as well, but it is quickly getting damaged and it crinkles up really quickly, and looks bad in photos.

  12. kiel_uk 54 months ago | reply

    Hmmmm, I wonder if a sheet of clear perspex over the paper would work - it should protect it from high heels etc, and should give a nice reflection too...

  13. blakophoto 54 months ago | reply

    Per Zack Arias:

    "You can find it at Lowes as well. You’ll find these either in the area where they keep paneling or in the bath fixtures department as it is used to wall in showers and bathrooms. You want the pure white smooth kind. They have some that has a bit of a pebbled texture to it. Don’t bother with that stuff. It is brown on the back side which actually photographs beautifully as a background when thrown a bit out of focus"

  14. kiel_uk 53 months ago | reply

    I just realised we dont have Lowes in the UK!

  15. Jamena` [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

    wow i love your studio

  16. blakophoto 47 months ago | reply

    Thanks - what you're not seeing is all the couches and stuff piled up on top of each other behind the camera :)

  17. ingrid eulenfan 24 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shot and presentation!

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