Oklahoma City SMUG: Off Camera Light, In-Studio and On-Location, w/ Okie Studios

This week, the Oklahoma City SMUG met with Bill Richards of Okie Studios (note: PG-13+ link warning :)) at his new studio in Norman, OK. Our goal this time was to practice using off-camera light, both in studio and on-location. Bill generously lugged gear downtown, right on Main Street, and also arranged for a beautiful model and friend, Katie, to join us. Thank you, Bill, Katie, and Anthony Butler, who also helped out! You were awesome and we all learned a lot!

Bill set up the following equipment on-location and had the following to say about this gear:

  • White Lightning 1600 watt / 640ws strobe
  • Small round dish
  • Cactus triggers (Bill doesn’t recommend these)
  • Vagabond II Battery pack (Bill recommends the mini – it’s lighter)

Here are a few of the shots I took of Katie on location with my D700 / 24-70mm f/2.8 using Bill’s setup and triggers.

In the studio, we used the following equipment:

  • Alien Bee 800 watt / 320ws (main light) with large octo softbox (so large that you can shoot right in front of it, and won’t cast a shadow)
  • Alien Bee 400 watt (background light) with honeycomb and barn doors
  • Both lights on about 1/2 power
  • Cactus triggers

I got one image of Katie using available light in the studio:

Compare the difference using Bill’s lighting setup:

And my favorite:

Isn’t she gorgeous? Which is your favorite? Hope to see you at the next SMUG!

– HBA

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About Mosaic Collective, LLC

I am Holly Baumann Ambuehl, founding member of Mosaic Collective, LLC, which was founded in early 2017 and is based in Central Illinois. I own and operate Mosaic Collective with my partner in business and life, my husband, Nathan. Mosaic Collective, LLC houses our rental property, my consulting contracts (with the nonprofit and public sectors on various work), and also my commercial and portrait photography business, which has been doing business as Holly Baumann Photography since 2008 long before the formation of our LLC. My blog posts feature client work, but I just love to write, so I also write about owning a business, food and drink, travel, and sometimes, my personal life! I am always honored when clients trust me to capture their vision, and equally so when my readers converse with me about what I've photographed or expressed here. I hope we'll have an opportunity to collaborate professionally and/or become friends. I'd love to hear what you think! - Holly
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