Setting up lighting in a studio is one thing, but sometimes you're challenged on location. I had such a situation this week while shooting at a tradeshow.
I was hired to shoot social media headshots in a tradeshow booth. I packed up strobes, softboxes, umbrellas, and just about everything else that would allow me the flexibility to set up as needed on site. Upon arrival, I discovered that the booth was much smaller than anticipated - there was really no room for a backdrop, lights, and camera without blocking off the client's banners and displays.
With a little re-jiggering, we arranged the booth in a way that worked out fine. I set up a 53" wide roll of Savage white backdrop on one side of the booth, and set up the camera, tripod, and single strobe on the other side with my smallest umbrella. Here's a look:
Note the umbrella is extra high in the photo as I was still setting up, and I moved the tripod out of the walkway once the show opened. A couple of sandbags were also added for safety.
Ultimately, it worked out fine and most of the shots looked great, with slight adjustments of the light/umbrella for those wearing glasses. Here's one example:
Perhaps this will help someone else in a similar situation. Some quick specs:
Canon 5D Mark IV
Savage Pure White 66 backdrop paper on stand
Profoto D2 set at approx. 7.5
Small umbrella/shoot through
Person positioned approx. 2' in front of backdrop
Long days standing