When I’m considering investing in a new piece of lighting equipment I have two requirements, it to be able to do one of two things really well. It either has to do something none of the other tools in my studio can do on their own, or to be able to do the job of several tools at once. Essentially replacing the need for multiple tools with one tool that can do it all.
I recently decided to take the plunge and invest in the Broncolor Para 133, a tool that actually manages to meet both these requirements and then some. No easy task! This is a really exciting light modifier and I wanted to share the results of my first shoot using it. Along the way I’ll explain what it allows me to do, how I used it, and I’ll take you behind the scenes with lighting diagrams and a BTS image. Consider it a field report of sorts.
To tell you the truth, the first time I entered a photo studio I was nervous. It was my first studio class at college (on a two-year diploma course) and the thought of trying to create perfect light scenarios in such a clinical environment was daunting. My teacher talked about the mathematics of photography and would set up several lights, telling us how we would measure the distances and how this would apply to apertures etc. I was worried about how this would work for me as I have never been good at mathematics and the thought of having to apply it made me doubt my ability to be a good photographer. Every time I applied what I had learned during college I was disappointed with my results.I felt that I missed a connection with studio lighting and my current photographic style which at the time was quite conceptual and more fine-art based.
We were extremely happy to receive a full set of broncolor lights for our 3rd issue of Herring & Herring. The quality build of the lights was amazing and they were so easy to use.
We also loved that they all came neatly packed in separate travel bags, which made transporting them on our frequent trips from New York to Los Angeles effortless.
The sturdiness of the lights and packs also really surprised us – there is nothing more frightening for professional photographers than arriving at a remote location to find that part of your equipment has broken during transport.
We learned very quickly that with broncolor that was something we didn’t have to worry about. They performed perfectly in every situation!
HERRING & HERRING is the collaboration between renowned international fashion photographers Dimitri Scheblanov and Jesper Carlsen. The team’s photographic approach is based upon conceptual and aesthetic exploration; continuously pushing the boundaries of story telling through an ever-expanding visual vernacular for their editorial, commercial and celebrity Clients.