B&H has the Westcott Omega Reflector Kit for $59.90 (reg. $99.90) through midnight ET Wednesday.The Omega Reflector is a nice, large size, measuring 38″ x 45″ in a collapsible frame. Using it with a single strobe, you can get a soft ring light effect and a backlight. You can mix it up with any of the standard 5-in-1 options, from shoot-through/diffuse, to white, gold, or silver reflectors. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
Check out this short video from Lens Pro To Go that shows us an overview of a commercial lighting setup in a bookstore. It’s a pretty simple setup but is a great example of how to get a clean, soft light setup in a tight space.
While the gear used is high-end cinematography gear, the same principles of diffusion and light placement can easily be translated to budget and DIY setups for both still and video shoots.
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Jay P. Morgan shows us how he shot 40 photos of dentists on a white background in this latest video from The Slanted Lens. The shoot runs like a well oiled machine thanks to the pre-production work and having the right vision going into it. Even if you aren’t doing something to the scale of 40 setups in a single day, the lessons in planning in this video are just as important to me as the lighting tips.
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The PocketWizard Plus IV is in stock and now shipping. For those not familiar with the new Plus IV, it essentially takes all the functionality of the Plus III and added a top shoe for mounting speedlights.
Additionally, the Plus IV will pass through TTL data when mounted on camera but limits transmission to manual triggering only.
The Plus IV is a transceiver, so each unit can serve in a transmitter or receiver role. It is compatible with most Canon, Nikon and Panasonic cameras. It also works with many Fuji, Olympus and Sony models or manual triggering. It will communicate with the older Plus III models as well for tying together speedlight and studio flash commingled setups.
Check it out here at B&H Photo.
Check out this video from Canon and Syl Arena as he walks us through the on-camera menu system for controlling Canon Speedlites like the 600EX-RT.
Syl is the author of the popular Speedliter’s Handbook series, which is now in its second edition. If you are interested in really digging into the Canon Speedlite system to understand how it works, his book is well worth the money. You can read my review of the first edition here.
B&H has the Bolt VM-160 LED Macro Ring Light for $59 (reg. $109) as its Deal Zone deal for today only.
Bolt VM-160 LED Macro Ring Light Key Features
- Guide Number: 69′ / 21m at ISO 100
- Eighteen High-Output LEDs
- Six Levels of Brightness Adjustment
- Continuous Light & Flash Modes
- Left & Right Only Illumination Modes
- 1.6″ Backlit LCD Display
- Clear, Frosted, Blue, & Amber Diffusers
- Eight Adapter Rings from 49-77mm
- Stand/Tripod Mount Included
- Runs on 4 AA Batteries
Check it out while it lasts here at B&H Photo.