Need a Flash Meter for Studio Photography?
Aug29

Need a Flash Meter for Studio Photography?

Back in the day, when I  was shooting film in the studio, a flash meter like my redoubtable and now-antique Gossen Luna-Star F2  and Polaroid tests were indispensable in getting correct exposures. I in a digital world filled with histograms and three-inch OLED screens the short answer is not always. While I often—but not always—use my flash meter or a hand-held light meter when working in my home studio, I know several photographers...

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Studio Tuesday: Power Pack & Head Systems
Aug02

Studio Tuesday: Power Pack & Head Systems

Monolights, as I wrote about last week, combine power supply and flash head into a single unit. Another approach is used by power packs & heads systems that offer components as individual units that can be mixed and matched in different lighting set-ups. Because there’s no internal power supply, flash heads can be smaller and some are downright tiny allowing you to place them in locations where larger monolights might not fit....

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Wrapping up Lighting Week…
Jul22

Wrapping up Lighting Week…

Wrapping up Lighting Week… We started the week with a high-end power pack and head system, moved to a fluorescent lighting, then window light, then segued into LED. It’s time to come full circle and look at electronic flash again, this time its monolights. Portrait photographers get to practice their craft with an amazing selection of different light kinds of light sources and each has their own advantages and disadvantages depending...

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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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Tips for Working with LED Lights in the Studio
Jun24

Tips for Working with LED Lights in the Studio

It’s obvious that LED studio lighting is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. Working in the studio with LED lighting systems, as I did recently with Flashpoint’s affordable ($200) CL-500R LED Circular Light, brings you face-to-face with terms like lux, lumens and foot-candles. Don’t let that you freak out; there was a time when megapixels were alien too. Lux is a unit of illumination equal to one...

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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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