This video from PhotoShelter shows off what goes into the cool photos from Threadless Tees. If you are into off-camera lighting, you’ll dig this behind the scenes look. Check it out below. [Read more…]
Westcott had a regular photographer’s playground set up at Photoshop World last week. Even though it had just announced the TD6 Spiderlite and new 7′ Parabolic umbrellas, there were plenty to be seen and put through the paces on the expo floor between the great classes at PSW.
One of the cool things that Westcott does for the attending photographers is set up several shooting stations with lights and live models to give everything a good run for your money. [Read more…]
Have you ever looked at those buttons on the back of your flash and wondered what exactly that they do? What about understanding flash exposure compensation? Or, high speed sync? Want to dim the sun?
The Speedliter’s Handbook is a killer resource from Syl Arena that is primarily for Canon DSLR shooters who want to integrate Canon Speedlites into their repertoire. That said, photographers using any other brand of gear will get their money’s worth out of this book. [Read more…]
ExpoImaging has launched a new stackable grid for use in conjunction with speedlights. The Rogue Grid offers 25-degree and 45-degree grids, which will further stack to add a 16-degree grid for a 3-in-1 design.
More details in the press release below. [Read more…]
The Strobist Photo Trade Secrets books are quick-hit lighting books, featuring stunning flash photography from a variety of individual photographers. Both volumes are edited by Zeke Kamm and published by Peachpit Press.
Essentially, the books each contain a collection of a couple dozen great images. Each image covers a full page with a diagram and description of how the image was made on the back of the page. Consequently, the photos suck you in to try to reverse-engineer the lighting setup in your head before you turn the page. [Read more…]
Photogenic has announced a new model for its PL-series monolights. The PL625DR offers a 6-stop output ranging from 7.8Ws up to 250Ws. The new monolight has a t.5 flash duration of 1/2000s at full power.
Additionally, the PL625DR’s Guide Number is 130 at full power with the PL7R reflector. It also comes with built-in PocketWizard receiver and is compatible with Photogenic’s PLIRC-2 Infrared Remote Control & PLICB-1 Multi Unit Control Center. Other creature comforts include auto flash dump, optical slave cell, fan cooling, built-in surge protection and a dimmable modeling light.
No word on t.1 flash duration times, price or availability yet.
The full press release and provided spec sheet is below. [Read more…]
The Bower SFD926 TTL flash is a hot shoe flash that is available for just about every DSLR on the market now. At around $100, the SFD926 is an affordable alternative to the more expensive hot shoe flashes from Canon, Nikon and the likes.
The feature set is also rather impressive for a flash in this price range. The SFD926 will operate as a normal TTL flash, which means that your camera can communicate directly with the flash to provide commands for the correct amount of flash output needed for a proper exposure. Additionally, the SFD926 can be operated in manual mode with adjustments from full power down to 1/16 power (i.e., a 5-stop power range).
The SFD926 has an optical slave, which makes it an attractive option for the strobist-on-a-budget crowd who want to shoot in full manual across the power range. [Read more…]
I was outside taking some outdoor portraits earlier this week and had more lights than I had radio receivers to trigger them with. While all the strobes had the ability to trigger with optical slaves, the sunlight (even though I was positioned in the shade) prevented the optical slave from seeing my command flash (no matter how close it was to the slave cell).
This was one of those oh-crap, on-the-fly moments…
The 4-channel MicroSync radio triggers let you wirelessly trigger your remote strobes or speedlights. The basic transmitter and receiver kit will only set you back $100 and you can buy the components separately from there. Depending on how you use your off-camera lighting kit, the MicroSync kit could be just the right fit. [Read more…]