I got my new TD5 Spiderlites in last week and finally had a chance to play (I mean work) with them. The first thing I can say is that these things are a lot of fun :). A couple of the things I really liked about the Spiderlites..
• WYSIWYG – What you see is what you get.
• The ability to shot wide open in the studio. With my Photogenics I had to add 2 pieces of ND (Netural Density) film to get to f4 at the lowest possible power setting.
• Continious lighting (no flash)
• Daylight balanced
Caitlyn has a great look, so I decided to shoot her straight on and drop out the background by shooting a f2.8. I used 4 Spiderlites… One overhead on a boom (butterfly lighting style), and a reflector underneath to fill in the shadows. Two Spiderlites on each side provided the edge light and hair light… and one for the back ground. What I really love about this that I can’t achieve with traditional studio lighting is the shallow depth of field.
Let me know what you think.