I use a combination of MoLight/Godox AD360s and V850s everyday in my studio. My standard studio lighting setup incorporates 2 AD360s (main and fill) and up to 5 V850s (double edge lights, hair light, background light, uplight). For outdoor portraits I often use just a single AD360 in a 32″ Octa/BD and blend using ambient as accent lighting. The point is that these beautiful lights really can do almost anything. Below I show an example of what I am doing everyday in a typical session. It’s not all award-winning stuff, but it is client-pleasing, money-making work that is the backbone of the business. Yes, I do “wow” stuff with these as well. But it’s the real everyday client work that drives the business. And that’s where these workhorse, dependable flashes really shine. Yes, Virginia, speedlights and battery-powered flashes can get the job done.
Studio senior portrait of Kelsey. Lighting setup: one MoLight AD360 in a 54″ MoLight/Godox octabox as the main at 1/16th power; one MoLight AD360 in a second 54″ octa as fill at 1/64th power; two MoLight V850 speedlights on either side in the back as edge lights in 2 MoLight/Godox 35cmx160cm stripboxes with egg crates; one V850 up at 9′ and behind a Creative Light 1×3 stripbox as hairlight; one V850 with a MagMod grid as a background light. 1/160th@f5, iso 160. Canon 5DMKIII with 70-200L f4.
Shot outside in slightly overcast conditions. One MoLight AD360 in a Westcott 32″ Rapid Box with the beauty dish reflector and the front diffusion panel in place. HSS and triggered with Cells IIC. Don’t recall the power…likely 1/4ish. 1/500th @f3.5, ISO100. Canon 85mm 1.2L on Canon 5DMKIII. © Michael Mowbray and MoLight
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