Elinchrom Ranger Quadra

At PhotoPlus last week, Elinchrom introduced the Ranger Quadra, which is a portable battery flash system offering built-in Skyport triggering, Eye-Cell (prevents triggering during pre-flash allowing the system to work in conjunction with a TTL-system like Nikon’s CLS) and several othere unique features.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

7 Lighting Tutorials to Make Your Photos Stand Out

Light is the soul of an image.  So, learning to manipulate light in order to produce the results you had in mind before you capture the image is an integral part to becoming a better photographer.

Inherently in the learning process, there’s a lot of experimention.  As they say, “learn by doing” and “practice makes perfect.”  However, there are a number of great resources to help steer you in the right direction – all available for free on the Interwebs.

Here’s 7 lighting tutorials that will help make your photos stand out. [Read more...]

Rick Sammon On-Location Lighting Kit

Pre-PMA Press Release

Professional Photographer Rick Sammon has teamed up with Westcott to create a new kit for outdoor photographers – the Rick Sammon On-Location Lighting Kit and Tote®.  Ideal for creative outdoor photographers, this kit makes it easy for anyone to turn snapshots into great shots.

The kit originated when Rick Sammon, author of twenty-seven photography books, realized he needed an all-in-one, easy-access tote to include his essential accessories for travel photography.  The F. J. Westcott Company, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, is a leading manufacturer of lighting and light control equipment for image-makers.  Westcott welcomed Rick’s breakthrough idea since the company has a long history of using input from industry experts and customers to design & produce products of the highest quality.

Included in the Rick Sammon On-Location Lighting Kit and Tote® is one 30” diffuser, one 30” Sunlight/Silver Illuminator® reflector, one Micro ApolloTM and a carry tote.  The diffusion panel is a 1-stop diffuser, used to soften harsh sunlight.  To bounce sunlight onto a subject’s face for dramatic lighting, fill in shadows or add catch light to the eyes, the Sunlight/Silver reflector can be used.  Westcott’s Micro ApolloTM attaches to any accessory flash with Velcro® for diffusing the light, resulting in softer portraits.  The lightweight carry tote is 12” in diameter and includes three interior pockets to separate lighting accessories.

“With my camera and zoom lens on one shoulder, and my tote, packed with the reflectors/diffusers, Micro Apollo Light Modifier, my flash and extra batteries, on the other, I am good to go – and I go a lot of places in search of interesting subjects,” says Rick Sammon.  MAP $119.90