"Gear isn't everything." We seasoned pros say it all the time, but often when standing under a pair Profoto B1 flash heads, so it can be hard to swallow for some. Well, if ever you needed convincing, this might just do the trick.
Regular Fstoppers Community Contributor Arber Elezi has made a video where he shows us how to light a model using a relatively simple six-light setup. However, Elezi doesn't resort to the aforementioned B1s and some pricey reflectors (or any for that matter); no, he uses tiny LEDs, some colored gels, and a piece of tissue paper. He uses the lights as you would regular studio lights: a key light, a fill with the tissue paper as diffusion, two gelled side lights, a hair light, and a background light. The only difference is that he needs to position them closer to the model than he normally would due to their lack of output. To compensate even more for the limited power of the LEDs, Elezi shoots his 85mm at an aperture of f/1.2 with an ISO of 400 to make sure that he can use a shutter speed of 1/100 s in order to freeze his subject for a properly exposed and sharp image.
Sure, the gradients aren't the smoothest and the light is a little harsh, but for what it is, the results are pretty incredible. It just goes to show that putting limitations on yourself is a great way to exercise your creative muscles.
Care to share any fun and interesting lighting setups with us?