Film Photography with Strobe Lighting

Lesson 23/26 - Gear For Location Film Photography


Film Photography with Strobe Lighting


Lesson Info

Gear For Location Film Photography

The next question that I know we get a lot, we had a lot coming in, and I get all the time when I'm just talkin' about this or people ask me questions on my blog or in social media is, "Great. OK, this is great. You've sold me. I totally want to shoot film 100%. I want to do it with lighting, but I don't have a studio. So, how do I do this? Can I do this on location?" And my answer is totally, absolutely, yes. (laughing) So, this is a picture of everything I usually bring with me when I'm going on location, and by the way, this was taken before I had bought my pro photos, and this is the Alien Bee, which is actually quite a bit bigger. I think we put it away, but it's quite a bigger than the Profoto light, and so, this would be even less equipment now, and I wouldn't need chords 'cause the Profotos come with this adorable little battery pack that's really small, but even still, this is everything you need to set up a studio and take it on location. So, you could create a little studio ...

in your home, if you had a home studio, you just want a room to set it up. You could take this into a client's home. Easy. You got your stand. Remember at the beginning, I said this is everything you need. You've got your stand. You got a light modifier. This is my five foot OctoDome. Because it's an OctoDome, it takes a speed ring. Speed rings look like this. We didn't talk about them much in the class because everything we are demoing was a umbrella, but with a speed ring, comes, it has these spokes, and you put 'em in here, and then, you can attach it to your light, and it holds your modifier. There's a special place in hell for speed rings. (laughing) They are really hard at first when you're first working with them. So, I recommend if you are practicing, if you are wanting to take these, take this into a client's home, practice, if you're using a speed ring, before you leave your house. (laughing) 'Cause you don't want to be wrestling it, but that's it. So, you've got your modifier, your speed ring, your stand, your strobe, triggers, trigger and receiver, camera, light meter, and, of course, your film. That's it. It's really not a lot. It's really not a lot. It's so easy, and then, this is what it looks like on the inside of my camera bag. So, I just have one of those roller bags, small. I've taken this on an airplane. It fits in the overhead compartment above. I've traveled with this. I've gone to the east coast. I've gone all over the place with my entire studio setup, and again, this is with the Alien Bee. Now, I'm using the Profotos, and they're so little. So, and look at all that room. I could put Betty in there. (laughing) I have room in there for days. So, and then, this is all of that, and then, this is the light modifier with the stand. So, that's the complete setup taking it on location and out into the world. So, you can set it up anywhere. You don't need a studio. You can take it into a client's home.

Class Description

To get the best portrait straight out of camera you need to control your light. Family and Newborn Photographer, Sandra Coan, walks through how easy it is to use lights with your film camera for the most control over how your image ultimately looks. In this course, Sandra will talk about how to approach your photo shoot by thinking about not only your subject but also the film and the light you want to create.

You’ll learn:

  • How to sync the flash with your film camera
  • How to meter for your subject and the light you’re adding to the image
  • How to choose the best film based off what you’d like the final image to look like

Throughout history, photographers have been using flash with film cameras. In this course, Sandra will cover everything to give you the knowledge to start taking portraits with your camera and strobes.


a Creativelive Student

Wow! with a lot of online stuff out there one can become rather overcome with too much information, however, the way Sandra presents her courses is just perfect! Her honest and simple and easy to understand approach was just what I needed. Not once did I think she was just going through the motions, she really loves what she does and it shows. To be able to rewatch and rewatch was also a key for me. Since I have dyslexia I have to take things one half step at a. time. After completion of the class I had a new found confidence when using strobes. A must have.

Micah Hewett Images

Out of all the classes I own on Creative Live, Strobe Lighting with Sandra is my FAVORITE! She is an incredibly kind and gifted teacher. She explains everything on a simple level and then gradually build to more complex issues. I am 100% happy with this course. Thank you Sandra!!

Gabby de Janasz

Sandra Coan is a lighting genius! I loved watching her high-energy and super informative class. I learned way more about studio lighting than I ever thought was possible. I'd definitely recommend this class to literally any person in photography, not just studio photographers. Thanks Sandra!!