Foursquare 48" with both an elinchrom head and a pair of Nikon Speedlights

My former assistant Ted Pruess was recently in the studio when we were working with the 48″ FourSquare bank. Ted is living and working in Chicagoas a fine art photographer. If you have a moment you should take a look at what he does.

These images are just showing a comparison between a “studio” strobe by Elinchrom and a couple of speed lights by Nikon (SB 910). These are straight out of camera no retouching or fiddling with. I think it shows that you can do some really nice work without having all the big gear. Traveling light has become the necessity with the airlines becoming stricter with carry on or lack thereof. Its easier to check a case that may be thirty pounds rather than checking a huge one topping out at max weight. Either way you pay. With the new designs coming out from ProFoto, Elinchrom and Godox rethinking lighting has become a necessity. If you are traveling less is more. I think that this is pretty telling. How most of photography is being used today I think you could easily make a case for traveling light.

Image #1 On Left

ISO 100

Key Light:

FourSquare 48″ (FSK48 with shortened poles to fit a Chimera Speedring) and a Elinchrom A4 head on a 101 pack, power set to 1/4 +0.7

Background Light:

Elinchrom A4 head on a 101 pack, power set to 1/8. Deep reflector with diffusion fabric over the face.

Image #2 On Right

ISO 200

Key Light:

FourSquare 48″ (FSK48) Two SB-900 Speed lights, Zoom set to 35mm, power set to 1/4 +0.7 on each.

Background Light:

SB-900 with a Rogue grid with diffusion fabric, power set to 1/32 +0.7



Overall picture of the set up. View 1


Set up, View 2


You can shorten the poles to work on a regular chimera speed ring. You can order shortened poles by contacting FourSquare or Lightware at 303-744-0202.

The shortened poles work on any of the FourSquare Banks, not just this 48″.


Lights pointing to the left side of background


View looking into the background lights.