There’s only a couple of days left now until Halloween, but there’s still time to do a spooky horror photo shoot. And, why does it have to be during Halloween anyway? Any time is good for a bit of horror! In this video, Gavin Hoey shows us some great tips and techniques to light and shoot horror in a small home studio.
Taking portraits in bright sunlight has been a bit of a no-no for a long time but the truth is that you can actually get stunning results if you use a fill flash. The results look awesome and give a high-end feel to any outdoor portrait and the best thing is that it’s really not too difficult. You just need to understand how to use a fill flash.
Adorama has a new Flashpoint Vertical TTL Hot Shoe adapter. It’s basically a pass-through adapter, so there are no extra batteries to deal with, that allows you to mount your flash trigger at a potentially more useful angle. Currently available for Nikon and Canon (no word if other brands are coming) it allows you to mount your trigger at a possibly more useful angle.
In response to user feedback over the Godox XPro trigger, Adorama has now announced the R2 Pro Mark II trigger for Canon. Don’t worry, Nikon. Sony, Fuji, Panasonic/Olympus and Pentax versions will be coming soon. It’s got a whole lot more buttons (they’re backlit, too!) and some very cool enhancements over the original.
I’ve reviewed the Godox XPro trigger before, a little over a year ago. Normally, I wouldn’t review the same product again just because it comes out with compatibility for a different camera system. My original review was with the XPro-C, but I didn’t review the XPro-N, XPro-F, XPro-S or XPro-O. So why am I posting a review of the XPro-P for Pentax?
Well, to put it simply, it’s kind of a big deal – at least for Pentax shooters. Pentax has traditionally had very little 3rd party flash support. It’s had some from Cactus with the whole X-TTL thing, but the recent demise of the RQ250 has left Pentax shooters with very little confidence in Cactus’ future. Other options have been iffy at best. But now there’s a new kid in town. The Godox XPro-P.
Since posting my AD400 Pro review a few days ago, I’ve had a lot of people asking me how it compares to other lights. Most notably the AD200 and a pair of AD200s with the AD-B2 head. They want to know how the power, recycle times and other features compare, but they also want to know how the size compares for storage and travel.
I have a second AD200 and the AD-B2 head on the way to me now so I can test how the power and features compare. But in the meantime, my friend Mark Ratcliffe has been able to shoot a size comparison for me of his Pixapro (the main UK Godox distributor) branded versions. And he’s allowed us to post the images on DIYP for you guys.
If we’re shooting in a small home studio, it can be a challenge to make images that look new and interesting. You often shoot the same images over and over because you’re limited on space. But there is hope! In this video, Gavin Hoey simulates what he says is a small pub stage, but I’ve seen similar shots to these from huge gigs in the past, too.
The Godox AD400 Pro is the newest portable all-in-one strobe from Godox. It’s basically a 400Ws version of the AD600 Pro. It has a few design differences and a little less power, but basically an identical feature set.
I’ve been playing with the AD400 Pro over the last couple of weeks to see how it handles and how it compares to some of the other portable strobes in the Godox product range.
Cactus has today announced that the Cactus RQ250 portable strobe has been suspended. The reason, it seems, is down to the fact that the Kickstarter campaign was not fully funded. There just weren’t enough people interested. So, Cactus posted an update to the campaign, as well as to their Facebook page.
The new round head for the Godox AD200 looked intriguing when it was first announced. And while they’re not quite shipping just yet, photographer Rob Hall has got his hands on one. He decided to put it head to head against the AD200 using the Fresnel head with the MagMod magnetic modifier system to see how they compare.