I did a bridal shoot last week, and here are a few shots from the shoot. I used the same lighting rig used by Wedding photography rock-star David Ziser, for all the photos you see here (I used flash in every shot, but sometimes I balanced flash with natural light). David’s rig is made up of five small parts:

  1. A Quantum Qflash T5D (with a pocket-sized Quantum Turbo SC battery pack)
  2. A Quantum QNexus Wireless trigger that lets you control the Qflash from either a Nikon or Canon camera
  3. A white 39″ translucent shoot-through Umbrella
  4. A flash adapter bracket
  5. This is all mounted on top of a monopod (using that adapter I just mentioned) which is held by an assistant (in my case, I was lucky enough to snag RC to help me during the shoot).

I was able to control the power of the flash from the LCD controls on back of my Nikon D700 (it could also be triggered by a D300, D200, etc. or any Nikon as long as you have a Nikon Commander Unit on top).

Although the advantage of the system is that the Qflash is dang powerful, and if you shoot outside and need to overpower the sun; it’ll do it. That being said, the brightest I ever got the flash was 1/4 power, and most of the day indoors it was at 1/8, 1/16, and 1/32 power, so I could have easily have used a Nikon SB-900 or SB-800 (ala: David Hobby).

I shot in Manual mode all day, usually at 200 ISO, with a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, and I used a slow shutter speed to bring in the ambient room light in the background. Anyway, here are a few shots from that shoot (below).







About The Author

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for Photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books.