The three light setup has been a staple of portrait photographers for decades. There isn’t just one three light setup, though, there are several, with some slight variations, which can change the mood dramatically. In this photo, photographer Rob Hall used his three lights with various modifiers to create this portrait, and he’s shared with DIYP how he set them up in order to get it.
Usually, when we hear about reflection issues with photography, especially with flash, it’s on glasses. The type people wear on their faces. We’ve posted about that on here before. This time, we’re dealing with regular flat glass. Like that found in windows and doors. The same principles apply, although you do have a few more options.
In this video, photographer Rob Hall takes a look at the subject of reflections on glass surfaces when working with flash. He offers up a number of tips and solutions to help reduce or eliminate the problem entirely. Which will work best for you will depend on your situation. But armed with these techinques, you’ll have a much better chance of getting the shot you want.
It seems like every other week lately, Godox has been announcing a new something or other. It’s hard to keep track. What’s the best for this or that? If I buy one of these do I need to get one of those, too? And what’s compatible with what? (hint: everything’s compatible with everything).
Well, calm down, no need to get overwhelmed. Photographer Rob Hall is here to break everything down as he goes through the complete Godox X system lineup in this 9-minute video. He explains all of the kit, what the differences are, and why one piece of gear might benefit you over another.
If you are using one of the Sony A7X system as a stills camera, you are probably familiar with the EVF. It’s that little monitor at the back of the camera that shows you what the exposure looks like depending on exposure settings.
Of course, you can also set the monitor to show you a constant “proper” exposure regardless of the camera setting. You can decide on this behavior using the “Live View Display: Setting Effect On/Off” menu. When you are at Setting Effect On, the EVF will match hour exposure settings, kinda giving you a preview of your soon-to-be-exposed photo. When you are at Setting Effect Off, the camera will give you a constant exposure. Now Rob Hall has an issue with the third option…
When you add a strobe, or a Sony compatible trigger though, the camera will move into a new mode and show you what it thinks a “proper” exposed subject will be, if you used the flash correctly. Sadly, you have no control over this override and once a strobe is introduced, you are stuck with this method of EVF display.
People make a big deal about the AD600 (now AD600 Pro) and AD200 strobes when it comes to Godox. They offer a lot of power in a nice easily portable package. But they offer so many more strobes than just these two. While those mentioned above, along with the AD360II are fantastic for shooters looking to get light on location, there are quite a few photographers who never take their lights out of the studio.
And that’s where this handy video from Rob Hall comes in. It covers and compares the entire range of mains-powered Godox studio strobes compatible with the X1T, XT32 and XPro triggers. It’s a pretty extensive list of lights covering a range of requirements, and those on 220-240v power even see some flash duration perks that 110-120v countries do not.
The Godox AD-B2 has been dreamt of ever since the AD200 was announced a few months ago. It wasn’t much of a stretch to assume Godox would release something like this given the H1200B extension head. The head lets you plug in a pair of AD600 lights to get 1200Ws of power. The AD-B2 essentially does the same thing for the AD200, letting you double up the power.
According to this review from photographer Rob Hall, though, not quite. When one compares a single AD200 in the standard S-Fit adapter to a pair of AD200 in the AD-B2, one expects there to be a stop of difference (double the power). Robert’s observations yield quite a substantial increase over that. And it’s all down to a very simple difference in design.