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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!