I was comparing Kirk Tuck’s two lighting books Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Location Photography and Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Studio Photography this weekend and it really got me thinking. I enjoyed reading both of Kirk’s books even though they recommend completely different lighting gear for each situation and it started me questioning some basic lighting assumptions.
Why not use small strobes for both?
Is it the “sunk cost” of all the Elinchrom Ranger lights and battery packs they’ve already bought?
Do these larger lights really offer that much more “volume of light” as Joe McNally likes to say?
If small strobes like the Nikon SB-800 or SB-900 are good enough for “on location” work, why aren’t they good enough in the studio?