LEDs in the Round
Jul21

LEDs in the Round

The trend of using continuous light sources, such as LED, plays well with photographers integrating video into the services they offer clients. But there’s also a convenience factor. A continuous source lets you see the how light falls on a portrait subject exactly as it will appear in the final image and can use your in-camera meter to arrive at an exposure, if only approximate, before checking against a histogram. I’ve tested...

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Mixing Monolights & Graffiti
Jun16

Mixing Monolights & Graffiti

Godox Photo Equipment Co. Ltd was founded in China in 1993 and offers a full line of lighting equipment including studio, portable, power pack and head along with speedlights, macro lights, remote controls and camera accessories. Blink Photographic is distributing Godox in the USA and I tested three different monolight models: All offering variable power control, triggering via a wireless remote and compatibility with the Bowens S...

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Best Buy on High Quality Monolights?
Jun09

Best Buy on High Quality Monolights?

I think so anyway… One of the best buys available now for studio or location shooting is Elinchrom D-Lite RX One 2 Flash Head kit. It includes two 100 Watt second monolights, two 26×26-inch Portalite softboxes, lightstands and accessories. The flash heads have a built-in Skyport Wireless Receiver and the kit includes a Skyport Speed Transmitter that provides 8-channel wireless triggering. Also included is 16-foot sync cable...

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On the Road with FourSquare
Mar10

On the Road with FourSquare

When traveling I often prefer speedlights as a light source for making portraits using one of the FourSquare kits available from Lightware Direct. There are several  options available allowing you to chose the one that works best for your kind of photography, including a 30 x 30-inch lightbank with a compact sleeve that fits inside any airline carry-on. Using the FourSquare block that’s in the kit you can mount from one to four...

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Shanny Speedlights in the Studio
Mar01

Shanny Speedlights in the Studio

If you missed my First Glace post on the Shanny speedlights take a quick look at it, before reading today’s post. Or not. As I’ve said many times this is not a “my way or the highway blog.” The Shanny SN600EX-RF for Canon ($199.99) is a transceiver speedlight that is both a transmitter and receiver. The flash has all the same functions as the ($149.95) SN600SC but adds a wireless feature with 15 channels and 3 groups with...

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Softbox Shape Makes a Difference
Jul28

Softbox Shape Makes a Difference

Lightbanks or soft boxes emulate the soft, directional lighting produced by window light so they’re usually rectangular but they can be any shape. Striplights that emulate stage footlights produce dramatic portrait lighting. Lightbanks can also be octagonal that produce a direct yet wraparound light source with even light spread. I shot a test using three different shaped Flashpoint soft boxes… For the unretouched photograph at...

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Shooting with Elinchrom’s D-Lite 100 Ws Flash
Jun30

Shooting with Elinchrom’s D-Lite 100 Ws Flash

On Studio Tuesday, I’m shooting with Elinchrom’s 100Ws D-Lite monolights: There are really two D-Lite RX One To Go kits: The Umbrella Kit retails for $649.99 and includes two D-Lite RX One monolights, two six-inch reflectors, 32-inch white and translucent umbrellas, two Manfrotto 367B nine-foot lightstands along with carrying cases for heads, reflectors, umbrellas and cables. The Softbox Kit, which I tested, sells for...

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