Joe McNally’s New Book: ‘Sketching Light’

Sketching Light by Joe McNally

Joe McNally has a new book.  It’s called Sketching Light.  It’s pretty big at 432 pages.  And, it’s all about lighting.

He tells readers what works and what doesn’t via his let’s-see-what-happens approach, he shows how he sets up his shots with plentiful sketches and behind-the-scenes production shots….

I loved his earlier lighting book, The Hot Shoe Diaries, and I’m really looking forward to this new book.  I enjoy McNally’s stories and wit about as much as I do the information he provides.  Expect good stuff.

Sketching Light retails for $49.99; however, you can find it for $29.99 on Amazon at the time of this post.  There’s also a Kindle version of Sketching Light.


Nikon SB-910 Speedlight Announced

Nikon SB-910

Nikon has unveiled the SB-910 Speedlight, which now serves as the top-tier Speedlight in its lineup.

The SB-910 adds a new graphic interface and control set.  It also features a new thermal cut-out system that will increase recycle times as the flash heats up instead of shutting down completely while it cools off.

The SB-910 covers a 17-200mm angle of view range and will automatically detect whether it is attached to an FX or DX camera, and then adjust the zoom head accordingly.

Additionally, the SB-910 features new hard-type color compensation filters for fluorescent and incandescent color temperature balancing.  When applied, the SB-910 can change the white balance setting of the camera automatically.  The coverage patterns can be adjusted for standard, center-weighted and even for control over the light spread.

The SB-910 retails for $549.95 and will be available December 2011.  Check availability on Amazon and B&H.

More info the the official press release below. [Read more…]

Quick Breakdown: Midday Photos With Off-Camera Flash

TTL Flash Final

One of the challenges of shooting outdoor photos in the middle of the afternoon is dealing with harsh shadows and overexposing the sky if your subject is not directly lit by the sun.  While it would be nice to wait for the right light later in the evening, there are a lot of times when your subject won’t be waiting around with you – particularly when you’re dealing with kids. [Read more…]

PocketWizard ControlTL Firmware Update

New ControlTL firmware is now available for Nikon and Canon versions of the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radio TTL triggers.  The firmware update adds new features that include HyperSync Automation, SpeedCycler and Off Camera Power Control.

The updates are available to all owners of ControlTL systems via the PocketWizard Utility.

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

One of My Favorite Tools: $30 Off-Camera Flash Cable

I’ve been more seriously into off-camera lighting for a couple of years now.  However, it was only a few months ago that I picked up a TTL flash-sync cable for my Canon kit.

Prior to this $30 purchase, the majority of my off-camera lighting had been done manually, which is perfectly fine and nearly limitless in creativity.  But it never hurts to add another arrow to your photographic quiver though. [Read more…]