DIY Backpack OctoDome for Lighting Solo Shoots

When photographer Ian Spanier was assigned to shoot 4-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler at his home in Vegas, the budget wouldn’t allow him to hire an assistant. Still, this was an important shoot, the editor of Muscular Development had stuck his neck out to get him this gig, and he wanted to do as good a job as possible. So instead of depending on natural light, or shooting with a standard top mount flash, he decided to hack together something better.

By attaching a Photoflex OctoDome to a LowePro Scope Porter 200 AW birdwatching backpack, he managed to eliminate the need for an assistant and create a very versatile solo lighting rig in the process. Of course there is some assembly required, but if you want all of the details, including pictures of the rig, head over to his website to get the full story.

Gotta work solo but want a nice light? This may help (via DIYPhotography)

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    so you’re telling me the guy who took this photo of Ian Spanier couldn’t have worked as an assistant?  couldn’t have helped out at all?…

  • Francois

    The only problem * I * see, we have no final photo to look at …
    It may be a great idea, who knows …

  • Zak Henry

    Lowerpro? A chinese knock-off or a typo

  • ravan52

    my friend’s aunt made $17398 the previous week. she is making income on the internet and bought a $578000 house. All she did was get lucky and try the steps written on this website===>> ⇛⇛⇛⇛►

  • Osmosisstudios

    What, were stands too mainstream?

  • Strobist

    Why not as mom to help?

  • Michael Zhang

    Thanks :)

  • Aaro Keipi

    Cool idea, but why not just use a light stand, and move it around as necessary?