Gear review | Alienbee B800

written by Beckie of

Recently I was asked to take portraits for a Ladies English Tea event at our church. The ladies would be dressing up in their fancy hats and we wanted to do some photobooth style pictures. And I thought it would be fun, so I said “yes”!

I knew that my D700 could handle being shot at high ISO, but I decided to use off-camera flash instead, so I borrowed my friend, Kelly’s, Alienbee B800 strobe and softbox.

The D700 is pretty awesome in that it has a built-in trigger, so I could fire the flash remotely without having to use wireless triggers!

The Alienbee has the option to adjust the strength of the light it puts out. I had mine turned down all the way for these photo booth shots because the Bee was literally just outside of the frame and I didn’t want it washing out their faces.

We set up a simple black backdrop, and I had the Bee set up at camera left with a 30×60 inch softbox. I realized as I was looking through my shots that I forgot to set up my reflector (at camera right) to bounce the light back onto the ladies. This would’ve helped fill in the shadows on the right-hand side of my images.

Studio photography is not my favorite thing to do, but with this set up it sure does make things flow more smoothly (and also makes me realize I need to get my own Alienbee to have on hand)!

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About Beckie

I'm Beckie, a fun, think-outside-the-box mama to 2 miracle children.
I love all things photography, and being able to share in this art with others!


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