B&H has a new shoot-through, 7′ parabolic umbrella from its house brand, Impact. The new umbrellas are in stock and now shipping for only $95. This looks like a great deal on a great light modifier. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
Photographing Shadow and Light is a new book from photography superstar Joey L. due for release on December 4, 2012.
“In Photographing Shadow and Light, Joey lifts the curtain on his dramatic, creatively fearless approach to portraiture, sharing his personal philosophy and a behind-the-scenes look at 15 striking photo sessions—from personal projects shot in Africa, India, and Brooklyn to commercial shoots for 50 Cent, the Jonas Brothers, and Project Runway All Stars. Joey provides readers with a step-by-step description of how he visualized each shoot, formed meaningful connections with his subjects, and “built” his signature dramatic lighting effects—one light at a time.
Featuring more than 85 stunning portraits, detailed lighting diagrams, and a foreword from industry icon David Hobby (aka Strobist), Photographing Shadow and Light shares the creative process behind one of today’s most exciting photography talents, providing serious amateurs and professionals a fresh perspective on creating compelling, professional quality portraits.”
Photographing Shadow and Light retails for $29.99; however, it is currently available for $19.39 from Amazon.com.
Phottix unveiled the new Mitros TTL flash for Canon, Nikon and Sony systems.
According to Phottix, “Mitros will do everything you expect a top-of-the-line TTL flash to do. Functions include built-in IR triggering with Master and Slave modes, AF assist light, auto/manual zooming flash head, all with fast recharge times. The Phottix Mitros TTL Flash includes a USB port for firmware upgrades and a 3.5mm Sync port.”
Phottix Mitros TTL Flash Key Features
- E-TTL, M, Multi modes
- High Speed Sync and Rear Curtain Sync
- Guide Number of 58
- Auto/Manual Flash Head Zoom w/ 180° rotation and 97° tilt
- FEC: Manual and Bracketed
- 0.1-2.5s Recycle Times
- IR Wireless Trigger w/ Master and Slave mode
- Powered by 4 AA batteries
- Port for External Battery Pack
- 3.5mm Sync Port
- USB Port for Updgrades
The Phottix Mitros TTL flash will be available during Q4 2012 and Q1 2013.
Lighting for Digital Photography is Syl Arena’s next book, which is due out at the end of October. Syl wrote the excellent Speedliter’s Handbook on Canon Speedlites last year and I expect him to nail this one as well. (You can read my review of Speedliter’s Handbook here.)
Lighting for Digital Photography will go beyond just the Canon Speedlite system and also dig into lighting with Nikon speedlights, bigger strobes and continuous lights. Additionally, the book will cover use of light modifiers such as umbrellas, softboxes, flags and gels.
Syl is a great teacher and Speedliter’s Handbook proved he knows how to teach in written words in addition to the workshops he’s known for.
Lighting for Digital Photography is currently available to pre-order for $14 on Amazon.com. This book would make a great stocking stuffer this holiday season for the photographer in your life.
Profoto has announced the new Pro-B4 1000 Air with a crazy flash durations down to 1/25,000 of a second (significantly improving on the speed of the Pro-B3). The Pro-B4 1000 Air can fire up to 30 flashes per second at the lowest power setting and will recycle in less than a second at full power. Power output is controlled in 1/10 f-stop increments and can be displayed in f-stops or watt seconds.
The Pro-B4’s Li-Ion battery can fully recharge in under 45 minutes and can even be recharged while in use. The chassis is solid-cast aluminum and is wrapped in a sturdy rubber frame to handle those rough gigs.
Tabletop Photography is a new book from photographer and designer Cyrill Harnischmacher.
“Affordable compact flashes offer a number of creative lighting options within your tabletop studio; and the appropriate lighting and backdrop, and the creative use of your camera’s features are key to a perfect image.
Author Cyrill Harnischmacher guides you through a variety of exposure and lighting techniques, and covers how to achieve excellent results using compact flash units.”