Using a Backpacked Octadome When Shooting Solo

New York based photographer Ian Spanier had Muscular Development ask him to shoot pro bodybuilder and four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler.

For budgetary reasons, Ian was sent solo with no assistant. Not wanting to shoot available light on one hand and not wanting to have setup time interfere with the flow of the day, Ian came up with an original solution.

Ian rigged a Photoflex OctoDome nxt to a Lowepro Scope Porter 200 AW Backpack to get a nice diffused light coming from over head (or slightly sided if he bent his neck the right way).

Ian Spanier

It turned out that the scope porter, originally intended for bird watchers was also a perfect rig for a light-in-a-bag. Ian mentions a Velcro pad that he could move to change the height of the octadome as well as use it to place a large capacity  battery.

While kina funny looking, Ian tells that is was a great lighting setup and definitely worth the staring eyes.

For the full story and loose instructions, head over to Ian’s blog.

Ian Spanier

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