Metz has released the Mecablitz 64 AF-1 is a new TTL speedlight available for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and Pentax cameras. The Mecablitz 64 AF-1 can operate as a master or slave flash. It features a guide number of 64 at ISO 100. [Read more...]
Firmware version 3.700 for Nikon includes compatibility with the recently released D810, D610, D4S and other Nikon cameras. Additionally, firmware version 6.700 for Canon now provides TTL compatibility with the Canon 1D X, 6D and T4i as well as other recently released Canon cameras.
More details and download instructions are available here on PocketWizard’s website.
In the above video, photographer Mark Cleghorn walks us through several of the uses of Lastolite’s 8-in-1 Umbrella.
Mark uses a pair of speedlights with the umbrella, as well as an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra kit for background lighting on location.
Here’s a list of the eight configurations possible with the Lastolite 8-in-1:
The Lastolite 8-in-1 Umbrella runs $129.99. You can find it here at B&H Photo.
There are times when you have to use a flash when shooting a wedding or portrait session. For example, if you are shooting outside and the sun has gone down completely, or if you are shooting inside with dim overhead lighting, a flash is a necessity. But whenever I can avoid it, I prefer taking advantage of natural light, even if it is waning in the half hour after sunset.
To get the most out of your camera, follow these guidelines: [Read more...]
A couple weeks back we saw a video from Karl Taylor where he gave a very straightforward and understandable explanation for the inverse square law of light. The above video is the second and final part of the discussion from Karl.
To reinforce Karl’s video again, the inverse square law in photographic lighting says: the intensity of light radiating from a source is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source.
As a result, an object 2 meters away from a light source, receives only one-quarter the light as an object that is 1 meter away from the source.
Check out this video from Karl Taylor as he shoots photos of a model with window light, studio lighting, then adds makeup and then adds post-production in Photoshop. It provides a pretty powerful demonstration of what not only Photoshop can do, but also what quality studio lighting can do for portraits.