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Jack Neubart Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

Selling collectibles, used cameras, confections, and a myriad of other items online is an exploding phenomenon, but to sell effectively you have to show the product off to advantage. Of course, tabletop photography extends beyond the world of eBay. You may want to document small valuables for insurance purposes or have loftier goals in the still life world. Any way you look at it...

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Joe Farace Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

More than 20 years ago, photographer and photographic genius Gary Regester showed us all how to create a lighting system that used two shoe-mounted flash units and would indeed fit inside a shoebox. Over the years I've tried to create something similar--a set of small electronic flash units and all the required ephemera that would fit inside a small carrying case. But I...

C.A. Boylan Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

Savage Universal's Light Kits
Savage Universal has added two new light kits to their line of photographic equipment. The M31500 and M31100 kits include three variable power light heads with a quartz light bulb in each, three 24x24" softboxes, three four-section stands, and three 10-foot AC power cords with a carrying case. The kits are designed...

Lighting Equipment
Jack Neubart Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

I 'll admit to it--ever since I was first introduced to the Interfit flat panel strobes a few short years back, I've become enamored of this company's products. And I still use those lights. Every year since, Interfit would introduce new lighting gear, but these newer monolights were either too big or too basic for my needs. Then along came the EXD200.

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George Schaub Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

One of the mysteries of photography is Depth Of Field (DOF). It combines various factors, including camera to subject distance, focal length of the lens and aperture in use. You calculate all of the above and know what will appear sharp and unsharp in the image. Those who use fixed focal length lenses have had the advantage of having a DOF scale on the lens, which yields...

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Ron Eggers and ... Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

Bowens, a leading provider of lighting equipment and related accessories, is adding two new lights to its Esprit Gemini monobloc line: the Esprit Gemini Digital 250 (GM250) and the Esprit Gemini Digital 500 (GM500), which was the one tested here. While they are called digital units, they aren't targeted specifically at photographers who shoot digitally and are just as...

Lighting Equipment
Ron Eggers Oct 01, 2007 1 comments

Ringflashes, or ringlights, are specialized pieces of equipment that work great in certain situations, but they're not the right choice for others. These circular units have a center-mounting bracket that allows the lens to extend through the ring of light. When the flash is triggered, light explodes around the lens, lighting up the subject somewhat like an on-camera flash.

Lighting Equipment
Jack Neubart Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

While no clear trends emerged, I was struck by the presence of many sleeker styled, more compact units. These lights are designed for portability and user-friendliness, with a special emphasis on affordability. I had expected to see a snowball effect in strobes with digital control, but that was not the case.

I have split this report into Studio and Mobile Strobe...

Lighting Equipment
George Schaub May 01, 2007 0 comments

Today's digital photographers have more ways to control color than you can shake a stick at, with programmed White Balance (WB) options, custom color temperature bracketing, and even color maps through which you can toggle to attain any color bias you want, and that's just in the camera. It's almost as if all the designers thought everyone needed a color...

Lighting Equipment
Ron Eggers Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

Photoflex's newest lighting series are the LiteDome Kits, versatile softboxes that have been designed for strobe lights using the proprietary Photoflex Strobe Connector. There are a number of things that the LiteDome Kit has going for it, including portability, power, and outstanding performance. Even though it's being targeted at all levels of photographers...

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Steve Anchell Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

Let's face it. Not every photographer has a loft in the photo district that includes a studio space in which to photograph. Heck, not every photographer has a back yard. Don't let that stop you from reading this review. Even if you don't have a back yard or studio space you have something just as good, Central Park, Herman Park, some park.

At any...

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Ron Eggers Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

Wireless flash control is really big right now. For a long time, wireless systems primarily used slave triggering or infrared technology to fire strobes remotely. Increasingly, though, RF (Radio Frequency) systems are becoming the norm. RF systems, which generally provide multiple frequencies, make it possible to have a number of different photographers shooting with their own...

Lighting Equipment
Ron Eggers Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

One of the difficulties of getting involved in studio work is trying to figure out where to begin. There are so many different lighting systems and so many equipment options available that it's not easy to figure out what's essential, what might be nice to have, and what really isn't necessary, at least when you first begin. Just what type of lighting do you need...

Lighting Equipment
Ron Eggers Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

Electronic flash functionality continues to expand with one of the major innovations over the last few years being portability. For a long time the options were either using professional lighting gear in the studio, or using makeshift portable-powered lighting setups on location. Frequently, photographers would jerry-rig battery-powered auxiliary on-camera flash units to work with...

Lighting Equipment
Ron Eggers Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

The F.J. Westcott Co. recently expanded its Spiderlite line of lighting equipment with the introduction of a power pack as well as two self-contained strobe heads. Westcott has a wide selection of Spiderlite equipment, including various-sized softboxes, several different head types, stands, and both halogen and fluorescent bulb options.

The equipment is relatively...