Simple one light setup to balance existing light

[Nikon D5, Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4, ISO 400, ƒ/1.4, 1/125–Alienbees B1600, Translucent Umbrella, Pocketwizard remotes]
My daughter helped me today on a photo shoot. Here she stood in for a test shot where I needed a key/main light due to the overhead skylight creating unpleasant light on her face.


Once I had my setup I just dialed the Pocketwizard AC-3 power up and down to balance the light in the room. I chose to make it about a stop brighter to be sure it was the main light on her face.

Next I just moved closer and tried a few angles with the Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4.

After exploring my options for later, I then took my second Nikon D5 and put the Nikon 85mm ƒ/1.8G lens on it and did a few more shots for angles. Now the reason it is on a second body is it would be much faster to change cameras than lenses.

[Nikon D5, Nikon 85mm ƒ/1.8, ISO 200, ƒ/1.8, 1/60–Alienbees B1600, Translucent Umbrella, Pocketwizard remotes]
Again I then tried a few different angles and compositions.

My gear for this photo shoot:

Nikon D5

Nikon 85mm ƒ/1.8

Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4

Alienbees B1600







Pocketwizard TT5 & TT1 kit

Pocketwizard AC-9

Pocketwizard AC-3

Manfrotto 5001B 74-Inch Nano Stand

Westcott 2001 43-Inch Optical White Satin Collapsible Umbrella