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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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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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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Making Portraits with Fluorescent Lighting
Sep21

Making Portraits with Fluorescent Lighting

There’s some confusion about using studio lighting equipment. Some photographers think it’s complicated to operate and too expensive but it can be neither. When making portraits, continuous light sources make the process seamless. Instead of the subject being distracted (and blinking) by the pop of electronic flash, continuous light sources let them relax. For years photographers have used photoflood, tungsten, quartz and all kind of...

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Clothes Can Make or Break the Portrait
Mar10

Clothes Can Make or Break the Portrait

You’ve heard me say it before but I still think that client communications is the most important aspect of portraiture. That dialog begins with the initial contact and then moves through all of the communications that happen during a session but to make the best possible portrait, it should start before a subject arrives at your studio or the shoot’s location. Offering a few simple tips to subjects before a shot can make their...

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