A-B-C Lighting with CLS and RadioPopper

I’ve been shooting with Strobist-style off-camera since before it was the “new black”. I just love using small strobes to create big light. And it’s as easy as A-B-C!

Here’s how I set up for this portrait of the incredible team of lawyers at Clore Law Group on Monday.

Master: —  The three dashes mean my master flash is not contributing to the exposure, just controlling the other flashes.
Group A: 1 SB-800 to camera-right, firing through 60 umbrella for soft but directional main light.
Group B: 1 SB-800 clamped to inside railing at top of stairs with a Bogen Justin Clamp and firing down the stairs for a key light.
Group C: 1 SB-800 on Bogen light stand down the hall and around corner aimed back at wall under staircase for a kicker.

Once I had everything in place, I could control all the lights from the SB-900 mounted on my Nikon D3. I manually adjusted the levels of each independantly until I found the balance I was looking for, and locked it in. Since I use the RadioPopper Px system on all my flashes, I didn’t have to worry about the limitations of line-of-sight.

It’s simple, it’s versatile, and it works. It’s as easy as A-B-C!


  1. by Bill Nixon on October 4, 2011  10:45 pm Reply


    I saw this post because Radio Popper retweeted it today. That is pretty cool. Kelli and I are proud owners of RP's now and we love them. It changes the game completely. This is a cool post, btw and we have to get one of those clamps. :) "Keepin' up with the Smiths" rather than the Joneses.

  2. by admin on October 5, 2011  9:53 am Reply

    Hi Bill & Kelli!
    Great to hear from you guys. And so glad you're rockin' the "poppers" these days! :-) Just trying to survive "wedding season" over here. But we need to catch up soon!!! Cheers.

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