Video: Studio Portraits with Mirrorless Cameras and Off-Camera Flash

PocketWizard has a new off-camera flash tutorial (above) hosted by Joe Brady that covers the ins and outs of off-camera flash with mirrorless cameras. In the tutorial, Brady takes the Sony NEX-6 and NEX-7 for a spin with the PocketWizard Plus III and MiniTT1 and a variety of speedlights. [Read more...]

Fotodiox WonderBurst HSS8000 High-Speed Flash Trigger

Fotodiox WonderBurst HSS8000

Fotodiox recently launched the WonderBurst HSS8000 4-in-1 Radio Slave Trigger, which is a 1/8000 high-speed sync wireless remote flash trigger that Fotodiox claims is compatible with any camera flash or strobe.

The transmitter plugs into the camera to learn the camera’s specific delay time, which Fotodiox says allows it to get ahead of the second curtain sync, or the sync delay that most cameras have. As a result, the WonderBurst HSS8000 then removes flash sync limitations and will also work as a camera remote for AF remote triggering, continuous shooting and bulb mode.

The WonderBurst HSS8000 transmitter and receiver pair run $69.95 and are available here at Amazon.com.

Additional WonderBurst HSS8000 receivers run $39.95 and are available here on Amazon.com.

Fotodiox WonderBurst NEX Delivers Wireless Flash to NEX-3 and NEX-5 Series Cameras

Fotodiox Wonderburst NEX

Fotodiox has a new flash trigger system, the WonderBurst NEX, which features the unique NEX flash mount transmitter and a traditional hot shoe receiver. The wireless units feature 16 selectable channels and a 300′ range.

These are manual-only triggers and do not transmit TTL info and the manual flash sync speeds are limited to 1/160s. Still yet, it’s a very affordable system at only $40 for the transmitter and receiver package. Check it out here on Amazon.com.

Impact Speedlight Stand, Mount and Umbrella Kit for $69.95 – Deal Alert

Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Kit

B&H has its Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Kit for $69.95 (reg. $98.95) for the rest of the month. This kit includes two 32″ umbrellas, two 8′ light stands and two shoe-mount flash brackets.

This is a great little kit that I’ve personally had for several years (and I paid $100 for it). If you need a cheap off-camera mount solution for your speedlights, this is a great deal. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

Photographing Shadow and Light – New Book from Joey L.

Photographing Shadow and Light

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.

Giveaway: Strobist Photo Trade Secrets

Want a free copy of Strobist Photo Trade Secrets?  (Read the review of these cool books.)

Two copies are up for grabs to the comments of the day.  Anything goes (just keep it clean) and I draw the winners on Wednesday at 6PM EDT.

Just leave a single comment below (no duplicate entries) and put your real email address in the email box (NOT in the comment text). I’ll notify the winners and update this post when I hear back from them.

Try Out the New Forum & Win a Copy of Strobist Photo Trade Secrets

Want a free copy of Strobist Photo Trade Secrets?  (Read the review of these cool books.)

I’ll be handing out a couple copies of these books to active members in the new and improved Photography Bay forum.

Just sign up for a free forum account and start talking to your fellow Photography Bay members.  You don’t have to say anything about the giveaway in the forum, just be there and be active (don’t be spammy though).

I’ll notify the winners at the end of this week via personal messages through the forum.  So, check in to see if you are a winner.  If I don’t get a response from the winners by Monday, I’ll notify another forum member instead.

If you miss out on this one, stay tuned for more ways to win more cool stuff…

And, don’t miss out on a chance to win the Photography Bay Swag Bag if you haven’t entered yet