One of the first things I like to do is draw up a lighting diagram (left).
We ended up using all B4 and B2 packs because no B1 monolights were
available and the final setup ended up slightly different. My time would be
short with each player, so I wanted to shoot multiple looks simultaneously,
which meant putting up different lighting setups on the same set, setting
each one to a different letter group with Pocket Wizard Plus IIIs, and then
firing each one back to back in succession with a three-shot burst on a
Canon 1D X using the SpeedCycler on the MultiMAX.
Canon 1D X
Canon 5D Mark II
Extreme Pro cards
MultiMAX on the
Pocket Wizard Plus
IIIs on the strobes
7 Profoto B4 packs
4 Profoto B2
2 Narrow Beam
1 soft light reflector
iUSBport Camera 2
(to review images
wirelessly on the
Opposite page: Team USA midfielder
Kyle Beckerman is lit from the back with
a Profoto B4 pack and a head equipped
with a Narrow Beam reflector. This gives a
very fine light that highlights his dreadlocks
nicely. In front of him is another Profoto B4
with a softbox attached to the head; because its far away and feathered, it gives off
an intense light. Both lights provide a nice
visual contrast with the black background.
Below: Clint Dempsey, the team captain.
packs (back ups)