Lighting Equipment

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Paul Mozell Posted: Apr 01, 2004 0 comments

In the 1960s my father got me a used twin-lens reflex camera, and, with a few rolls of Kodak Plus-X in hand, this teen-ager set out to photograph New York City. Lacking a light meter, I learned to guess exposures following guidelines on a cue card. It wasn't long before I was given a...

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Jay Abend Posted: Apr 01, 2004 0 comments

"Digital" is a word that has been thrown about a lot recently. MP3 players have given rise to "digital headphones," drugstore minilabs offer "digital prints," and now we're beginning to see the popularization of "digital lighting."
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Jack Neubart Posted: Mar 01, 2004 0 comments

It is rare that I have so much fun using studio strobes. But such was the case with the Interfit cyberFLASH 300 ($449.99) and digitFLASH 1000 ($899.00) lights from Paterson Photographic, rated respectively at 300 and 1000 ws. And the battery-driven eFLASH...

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2003 0 comments

Photogenic's StudioMax II is the kind of monolight I've been trying to find for a long time. It's lightweight, powerful, and accepts battery power so it can be used on locations where the nearest AC outlet is a city block or county away.

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Joe Farace Posted: Oct 01, 2003 0 comments

The Bowens 9Lite is designed specifically for digital photography and gets its name from the nine fluorescent pigtail tubes that screw into its main housing. Like Bowens Tri-Lite (see sidebar "Photographing Small Products") these are cold hot lights and each lamp head contains nine...

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Joseph A. Dickerson Posted: Jul 01, 2003 0 comments

Spot Meter Roundup

For the record, I use TTL (Through The Lens) metering and automatic modes quite often. Many of my subjects, birds on the wing for instance, are just too flighty to allow for thoughtful metering. But, give me a rustic barn, an...

Jay Abend Posted: Dec 01, 2002 Published: Sep 01, 2002 0 comments

When Quantum, the well-known innovators and manufacturers of workhorse Turbo battery packs and robust Quantum Qflash portable strobe equipment, announced that they were introducing a wireless...

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Steve Bedell Posted: Oct 01, 2002 0 comments

Like most photographers, I've got a bunch of lights and all kinds of light modifiers lying around. I've got softboxes, umbrellas, and assorted parabolic reflectors. They range in color from white to silver, gold to flesh colored.

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Oct 01, 2002 0 comments

When you have lots of small items to photograph in minute detail, a ringlight is the easiest method of producing consistent results with soft, gentle lighting that shows the item most advantageously. Instead of having distracting shadows such as...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Sep 01, 2002 0 comments

Most devoted photographers will have several different types and sizes of light boxes for use in a variety of situations. Possibly the most common use for a smaller, basic light box is in the darkroom to evaluate a negative or transparency prior to...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

Like many manufacturers, Pentax is constantly striving to upgrade their SLR cameras. At this year's PMA show, Pentax released the new ZX-L, called MZ-6 in other countries. This mid-range model benefits from some of the technology developed for the...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

If you're a location photographer who needs a lighting kit that's lightweight, rugged, and can handle whatever kind of assignment that gets thrown at it, Calumet's Travelite 750 One-Head Umbrella Kit may be just what you need. With a price tag under $550...

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Jay Abend Posted: May 01, 2002 0 comments

In my quixotic search to find the perfect location strobe system I've used and owned practically everything--including dry-cell powered Matadors in the 1970s to Norman 200bs in the '80s to Lumedynes and Hensels in the '90s, I've tried everything.

John Rettie Posted: Mar 01, 2002 0 comments

If you think that the lack of battery life is a new phenomenon that has only come to the forefront since digital cameras hit the market, you're wrong. Long-time photographers will tell you it was the advent of electronic flash guns that triggered...

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Jay Abend Posted: Jan 01, 2002 0 comments

Could you grow to love the yellow and black bumblebees on the "AlienBees" logotype? You better--it's plastered on everything. Each monolight has three bumblebees and two different logos. The bees are everywhere--stitched onto the...

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