The FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander and the FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver will be the pair of units that make up this new system.
36 years ago, Profoto released a lighting accessory they called the Softlight Reflector. Today, we call this creation a beauty dish, thanks to its unique design that softens light in the perfect manner for portraits.
Photographer Manuel Cafini recently posted a great series of images on how he built up his own SLA based battery packs for his speedlights to help improve recycle times and give him a bit more power, and has allowed us to share it here on DIYP.
The tools and construction is fairly basic if you’re confident with a soldering iron, but you’re still dealing with electricity here, so if you try this, be careful.
People often ask me about the flash equipment I currently use, and what I would do differently if I were to start over today.
I also often see “What should I buy?!?!” posts on photography groups on Facebook, and the simple truth is, we don’t know. We have no idea what you need. We only know what we need.
This two part series of posts is a way for me to provide some insight into how and why I buy new equipment, and hopefully it will help you to look at your gear choices more objectively, so that you buy new gear because you need to, and not because “so-and-so said I should get this”.
In this first part, I’m going to go over my current gear and explain some of the issues I feel I’m having, what walls I’m hitting, as well as the stuff that I’m absolutely not getting rid of (and why).
Sigma have just announced a new top dog in their flash line up in the form of the EF-630 Electronic Flash.
This unit adds to the previous model, the EF-610, by offering more power, covering a wider zoom range of 24-200mm that taps out at 17mm with the built-in Wide Panel, and automatic zoom when mounted on top a DSLR.
It’s been seven years since the Orbis Ring Flash Adapter was first launched. In that time, it’s become one of the most popular passive speedlight modifiers available.
Unfortunately, it’s been announced that the Orbis has ceased production, with all remaining units being sold as close-outs at almost half-off their retail price. [Read more…]
Most folks will be fairly familiar with the Beauty Dish and its usefulness in both fashion and general portraiture. In this tutorial I would like to share with you just how versatile I think the humble Beauty Dish can be and show you just how many lighting patterns you can create with my personal favourite light modifier.
First of all, I should describe exactly what a Beauty Dish is for those perhaps unfamiliar with the modifier. Beauty dishes are essentially large metal bowls, which typically are available in a variety of sizes such as 16″, 22″ or 27″ in diameter. They can be used with both studio strobe and speedlights with the correct speedring fittings.
Inside the dish is an internal reflector. This is a disc of metal, spaced a few inches in from the strobe. This deflects the light from the strobe and pushes the light towards the outside of the dish, ensuring that the only light hitting the subject has been reflected. This creates a very smooth, even and flattering light though this can also depend on the interior of the reflector. Beauty Dishes typically have silver or white interiors. Silver interiors are very specular and produce harder more contrasty light, whereas white interiors are softer and more even as the light inside gets more scattered before leaving the dish, reducing the specular reflections.
Natural light is a wonderful thing, but sometimes we need to supplement it with an artificial light source, such as a flash, to really get the look we’re going for. In the video tutorial below, Gavin Hoey takes us behind the scenes of a Robin Hood themed photoshoot to show us the techniques he used to seamlessly blend a flash with the low, ambient light in the forest where the shoot took place.
Hoey explains how to use different modes including aperture priority and manual mode to capture the image you see above. The light wasn’t as great as Hoey hoped it would be on the day of the shoot so he calls on a Flashpoint RoveLight 600 outfitted inside of a Glow ParaPop 28″ R Softbox, to help create some of the dramatic lighting you see. There was a little added magic done to the photo in post production, but nothing to difficult and Hoey (the nice guy that he is) included a walk through of his post production, as well. [Read more…]
In our recent article How To Make Money As A High End Wedding Photographer, we explored the high end wedding photography market.
But, it seems that the more I am able to charge for a wedding, the more complicated and stressful wedding photography becomes.
So recently I have decided that I would like to simplify my wedding photography a bit – get back to basics – unplug if you will.
In this article I will take you through my simplified approach on how to photograph a wedding with just one photographer, one camera, one lens and one strobe.