What’s the Difference? is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares shooting in studio and on location. The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available at our website. And feel free to leave a question in the comment section if you have one!
I am an on-location photographer – my principal photography business (weddings) requires that. When I am in the studio, economy of lights and equipment is not too critical, but when I am flying to a wedding somewhere around the world, or setting up a bridal portrait on a cliff over the Grand Canyon, I need a balance of portability and power.
For this shot, we compared photographing in studio and on location using roughly the same gear: the Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash with an Umbrella Deep Silver M. On location, this was the only light we needed. But in the studio we had to simulate the sun and the ambient light we would get on location, so we added two B1 Off-Camera Flashes into the mix.