Speedlight Gels and Softbox Grids with Joe McNally

Here’s a great video from Joe McNally and Adorama TV.  Joe’s working a Nikon D800 with the built-in flash as the commander flash, a Lastolite Ezybox softbox with grid and a red-gelled speedlight for a background light.

If you haven’t checked out Joe’s book, The Hot Shoe Diaries, there’s lots more of great speedlight info like this in there.

[via FStoppers]

PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Firmware Update

PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5

The PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 have new firmware available that adds features and support for new cameras, flashes and light meters.

Newly compatible devices include the following:

Notably absent from the newly supported devices is the 5D Mark III; however, PocketWizard says that support is coming.

Update info available on PocketWizard’s website.

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

Zack Arias Earns His “OneLight” Keep with a Crappy Kodak Compact

Kodak C142

Zack Arias is known for his OneLight mantra and has been making waves for the past few years as a standout commercial and editorial photographer in Atlanta.  Kai over at DigitalRev got him out in a Chinese back alley for a round of Pro Photographer Cheap Camera.

In this episode, Zack gets stuck with a full-auto Kodak C142 digital camera and a single speedlight.  Then, he has to figure out how to make the two work together and turn out something respectable.

It’s worth a watch to see just how much Zack can pull out of a $79 camera and a single speedlight.

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.