Homemade Soft Boxes

5 completed softboxes

I recently decided that I wanted to take my food photography up to another level, and in order to really make that work, I needed some soft boxes to better diffuse light.

The problem was that all of the available soft boxes I could find cost upwards of $100 apiece (and I would certainly need at least two soft boxes to make my setup work). Since this was just a project for sharing amongst my friends, rather than for paying work, I couldn’t justify the expense. [Read more...]

3 New LED Lights from Fotodiox are Lightweight with Barn Doors

LEDs-New-Group

Fotodiox has announced three new high-intensity LED lights: the Fotodiox LED-312D, LED-312DS, and LED-1024AL.

The LEDs are upgrades to its past best sellers, and come complete with all-metal barn doors that lock on and stay in place no matter how it’s mounted, to shape and control lighting.

The LED-312D is a daylight balanced light  at 5600K with a CRI of 92 with variable intensity, while the LED-312DS is a variable temperature light.

Check out the overview video for the LED-312D and 312DS lights below. [Read more...]

PocketWizard Rebate Offers for Fall 2013

PocketWizard-MiniTT1-and-FlexTT5

PocketWizard just announced a new mail-in rebate program for its MiniTT1, FlexTT5, PlusX and/or Plus III radio triggers. The Mini TT1 and FlexTT5 get a $25 rebate, while the PlusX and Plus III have $15 rebates available.

You can find all of these PocketWizard radio triggers here at B&H Photo.

The rebate form and details are available here on PocketWizard’s website.

New Phottix Mitros+ Flash Features Built-in Radio Triggering

Phottix Mitros Plus

The Phottix Mitros+ is a new speedlight available for the Canon TTL system. The Mitros+ has a built-in transceiver, which allows the speedlight to send or receive radio trigger signals to and from other Mitros+ speedlights. Additionally, the Mitros+ can work with Phottix Odin and Strato units. As a speedlight, the Mitros+ is on par with flagship units from Canon and Nikon. [Read more...]

Lumos Trip Pro is a New Portable Continuous LED

Lumos Trip Pro

The Lumos Trip Pro is a new portable continuous LED light for HD camcorders and DSLRs.  The pocket size light features a full range adjustable color temperature (3200K-5600K), dimming from 100% to 0 with minimal color shift, and a CRI as high as 97 Ra for Tungsten.

The Lumos Trip Pro should be shipping later this fall for $399. More info here on Lumos USA website.

Rogue Safari Pop-Up Flash Booster: Long-range Light from Your Pop-Up Flash

Rogue Safari

ExpoImaging has released a new product aimed at adding power to your DSLR’s weak pop-up flash. The Rogue Safari Pop-Up Flash Booster is a snap-on attachment for DSLR pop-up flashes that provides an 8x intensity boost, which ExpoImaging claims will increase the flash reach at longer range with 100mm and longer telephoto lenses up to 60-70 feet away. [Read more...]

New Impact Ready Cool Lights are Fluorescent Video Lights on the Cheap

Impact Ready Cool 4 Lamp

B&H is now selling Impact Ready Cool continuous fluorescent lights, which are available in 2-bulb and 4-bulb configurations.

Each fluorescent bulb offers 55 watts output. The Ready Cool 2 lamp version delivers the equivalent output of roughly a 500w tungsten light, while the Ready Cool 4 lamp version is equivalent to a roughly 1000w hot light. Lamp life is estimated at 8000 hours.

The Ready Cool 2 lamp version is available for $169.95, and the Ready Cool 4 lamp version is available for for $394.95 (currently on sale for $344.95). Both units ship with bulbs and a padded carrying case. Check them out here at B&H Photo.

Impact VSD300 Monolight + Softbox Kit Review

Impact VSD300

The Impact VSD300 monolight and softbox kit is an all-inclusive lighting kit that contains the basics of what you need for an indoor 2-light studio setup.

The kit includes the following:

  • (2) 300 w/s VSD300 monolights
  • (2) 24×32″ softboxes
  • (2) reflectors
  • (2) sync cords
  • (2) 8′ stands

At the time of this review, the full kit is available for $458.95 from B&H Photo. Just looking over the basic specs of what’s included and it is apparent that this is a good deal of gear for a rather small price.

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Video: Studio Portraits with Mirrorless Cameras and Off-Camera Flash

PocketWizard has a new off-camera flash tutorial (above) hosted by Joe Brady that covers the ins and outs of off-camera flash with mirrorless cameras. In the tutorial, Brady takes the Sony NEX-6 and NEX-7 for a spin with the PocketWizard Plus III and MiniTT1 and a variety of speedlights. [Read more...]