David Whitney French Photography | Using the Paul C Buff Vagabond Mini to keep the background part of the photograph

Using the Paul C Buff Vagabond Mini to keep the background part of the photograph

March 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment


I am not really into reviewing equipment for a blog, but this time, I wanted to tout the ability to use a studio strobe, rather than a speed light, outdoors. For years, my outdoor portraits have consisted of using an off camera speed light inside a softbox. I have used the Nikon SB-900, Nikon SB-910, as well as the Yongnuo YN-560 III.  For this shoot, I used the recently purchased Paul C. Buff Vagabond Mini Lithium and paired it with my Elinchrome D-Lite 4 in a Paul C Buff softbox. As the price and size of the lithiun batteries have come down in recent years, I found that I really liked using the Vagabond with my studio light over the speed light.  I will say, the speed light is still more portable, but the amount of light available with the studio strobe can help with overpowering the sun, which allows you to lower the aperature to f11 or even f16. The difference in the amount of light the D-Lite 4 produces vs a Nikon SB-910 allows for this, as the client requested the background play more of a role in the photograph. 


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Photography, Lessons Learned, and Cycling.



I have been taking pictures since I was about 6 years old.  I started with a Kodak Instamatic.  Just holding that Kodak was fun back then. Today, the camera badge may say "Nikon", but the fun of taking someone's photograph is still there. 


Times have changed regarding photography over the past 20 years.  My first business was in in Corpus Chirsti, Texas back in 1992.  I went under the same name, my name, David Whitney French Photography.  One of my favorite photo gigs was doing weddings.  Why?  Well, besides being a challenge at times, with the stress of getting the right shot in the age of film, everyone was happy!  It was a happy time for the groom, bride, attendants, everyone.  What more could I ask for?  Hanging out, with a camera for a few hours or more with a bunch of happy people.


Oh, and I like riding my bike!