As much as I love an excuse to get out every Ranger and Quadra I own, sometimes one simple light is all it takes. I love the quality of the Elinchrom Octabanks, from the ‘big daddy’ over 6 feet in diameter to the smaller sizes as well. I was working on images for an upcoming story the other day, and Dayna, the model, was the perfect subject for soft light. Since it was cold outside, she was bundled up in a coat that worked out to be a great shot. I used one 39 inch octabank to add just a touch of light but kept the ratio between strobe and ambient light pretty close. Dayna didn’t need much retouching (lucky girl), but I used an easy technique Katrin Eismann discusses in the latest issue of Photoshop User. If you do any work in Photoshop you should take a look at www.photoshopuser.com and join to access the excellent tutorials. Tech: D3, 24-70mm, f7.1 at 1/100, ISO 100. One Elinchrom Ranger shot using a 39″ octabank triggered by the Skyport wireless system.