This article started its life as being specific for lighting video and was initially written for Henry’s in Canada for their blog site. Because the secrets are not video specific, I’ve extended and enhanced the article to cover both stills and videos.Read More
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Bird photography is challenging. I don't care what kind of bird you are talking about. A successful photographer has to build a workflow to make great images, and this involves time, practice, perhaps some study of the biology of the creature and proper light.Read More
What you will get in this tutorial is a simple, repeatable, three light setup that you can use anywhere with only a little set up time once you have your configuration recorded and that will deliver superb and consistent results. If you have a conga line of shots to make, the set up doesn't change, and so you can focus on the human skills necessary to bring out the real person.Read More
There is always confusion about the relationship between Guide Number and Watt Seconds (joules) when talking about flash. In this Quick Tips video, I try to provide some education on the differences and why you might use this information when making a flash purchase.Read More
The next generation of the speed light is here and it's not a speed light, it's a studio strobe.
Profoto has released the A1. It looks like a speed light. You can mount it to your hotshoe like a speed light. It comes in versions for Canon TTL, Nikon TTL, and Sony TTL, just like the OEM speed lights.Read More
A client asked if he could use his macro ring light for portraits outdoors. It's a somewhat common question for folks who have spent good money on a macro ring light seeking to get more out of it. In controlled indoor conditions, it can work, but the limited power of most macro ring lights necessitates very close proximity to the subject and you lose some of the look that way. So how do we deliver the ring flash look whether indoors or outdoors and make it work?Read More
When speed lights aka hot shoe flash became easier to use, we started to see the advent of light shaping tools for speed lights. These took two forms, the first being relatively portable and directly mounting to the speed light, and those that were downsized from their strobe origins to allow speed lights to be used in ways similar to a strobe, albeit with less power.Read More
No matter what level of photographer we are, the cost of gear is a reality that we face. Most vendors roll over the models with great frequency in the hopes of getting upgrade dollars, when in most recent cases, there has not been a lot of value add to make the upgrade viable. Profoto takes a different approach by increasing the value of the gear you already have. How? Read on.Read More
The Broncolor Move system is a special case type of studio and field strobe system. It is a power pack based system, but the power pack uses a rechargeable lithium ion battery. It's small and compact, but it uses Broncolor's MobiLED strobe heads, heads designed to be used with much larger AC based systems. Lastly it packs a lot of power, 1200 joules to be used asymmetrically between two heads. There are alternatives in this space, but I thought you might be interested in learning more about the Move 1200L and to see why, if portability, power, consistency and speed are part of your use case, a Move system may be the answer for you.Read More
A beauty dish is a wonderful light shaping tool. Using one well takes a fair bit of practice from a positioning perspective, but once you build the skill, there is no other light shaper like a good beauty dish. Some manufacturers such as Profoto refer to these light shapers as soft lights. In this review I look at the absolutely awesome MOLA softlight lineRead More
Broncolor is a well respected name in professional studios around the world. The Swiss manufactured products have earned their reputation for quality and consistency. They tend to be priced accordingly but this doesn't mean that Broncolor gear is for high end pros only. Photographers seeking top line equipment that is reliable, highly usable and robust should always take Broncolor into consideration. I want to thank Canadian distributor Amplis Foto for making the unit available for this review.Read More
Thanks for stopping by. You've probably figured out by now that I am a huge fan of the products from Think Tank Photo. US based readers who order via the link on this site (click the link on the sidebar) can get bonuses when they go through me. For readers elsewhere, there's a large number of Think Tank Photo resellers and some keep a really good selection on hand.Read More
On March 24th, 2016 I got to spend the day with Peter Hurley. Thousands of people have done so in classes and workshops, and I count myself as fortunate for having done so, but yesterday was different and special. Peter was in Toronto to deliver his Illuminating the Face workshop presented by Henry's Learning Labs, and I had the honour and pleasure to both introduce Peter to the attendees and to help with the setup and assist him over the course of the day. It was really quite amazing.Read More
If you are a user of the Profoto B1 strobe, there is a firmware update (D1) now available at www.profoto.com for the B1 that corrects a minor bug where the B1 might restart after being turned off using a Profoto Air Remote. Applying the update takes less than a minute. Download the update, plug the B1 into the computer via USB and run the update.Read More