Allee-Sutton Hethcoat photographed by Jeff Carpenter of Readylight Media for the Paul C. Buff, Inc. one-light kit

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: One-Light Kit

With products that are versatile, reliable, and affordable, we want to take the guess work out of choosing an off-camera flash. Our one-light kit was created to be a perfect addition for small studio spaces and portable enough to be used out on location. It is an ideal starter package for someone beginning with studio strobes, that can easily be added to over time. We worked with BUFF Ambassador, Jeff Carpenter of Readylight Media, to create images that showcase the versatility of the one-light kit.


One-Light Kit by Paul C. Buff, Inc.

The one-light kit is perfect for anyone that is just starting out with off-camera flash. Learning how to work with artificial light is not as intimidating as some photographers think. Starting small and keeping things simple is a great way to master light, be creative, and resourceful. Wanting to showcase the versatility of the items that are included in the one-light kit, I photographed my model on a white background, first using the 64” white PLM umbrella as a shoot-through umbrella and allowed it to spill on the backdrop. This gave me ample light and a crisp, clean white background.

Allee-Sutton Hethcoat photographed by Jeff Carpenter of Readylight Media for the Paul C. Buff, Inc. one-light kit
ISO: 100 | SS: 1/320 sec. | Aperture: f/2 | Focal Length: 43mm

To contrast this, and provide a more moody image, I pulled my light further from my model (Allee-Sutton Hethcoat) so that it would not spill onto the background. I also added the white front diffusion fabric and the black outer cover to the 64” white PLM umbrella. This converted it into a bounce umbrella and gave me the darker background that I was going for.

Allee-Sutton Hethcoat photographed by Jeff Carpenter of Readylight Media for the Paul C. Buff, Inc. one-light kit
ISO: 200 | SS: 1/320 sec. | Aperture: f/5.6 | Focal Length: 43mm

ITEMS INCLUDED IN THE ONE-LIGHT KIT

(1) DigiBee DB400 or DB800 Flash Unit
(1) 10′ Air-Cushioned Light Stand
(1) 64″ White PLM™ Umbrella
(1) 64″ Black Outer Cover
(1) 64″ White Front Diffusion Fabric
(1) CyberSync™ Trigger Transmitter 2
(1) CyberSync™ Transceiver
(1) DigiBee Carrying Bag
(1) 48″ Light Stand Carrying Bag

GO BEHIND THE SCENES FROM THIS SHOOT


LIGHTING TIP FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER

When using just one light source you may have to rely on other things to add interest back into your image. In my image with the dark background, I used a combination of dramatic light falloff by placing my light close to my subject and decreasing the power, and darker wardrobe to maintain an overall look I was trying to achieve.


Nashville, TN based portrait and workshop photographer, Jeff Carpenter.

About Jeff Carpenter
Jeff Carpenter is a portrait and commercial photographer based out of Nashville, TN. He is also an original ‘BUFF Ambassador.’ For workshop information, both group and 1-on-1, visit Outsidethesoftbox.com.

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