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Dan Havlik Posted: Dec 15, 2014 0 comments

We reviewed the Profoto B1 500 AirTTL battery-powered studio light earlier this year and while we, generally, loved this portable strobe solution the one thing missing was high-speed sync. Profoto corrected that this morning by offering a new High-Speed Sync (HSS) feature to the B1 that’s available now via a free firmware update.

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Nov 25, 2014 0 comments

OmegaBrandess recently introduced the Phottix Mitros and Mitros+ TTL flashes (with proprietary Sony multi-interface hotshoe). The two new Phottix flash units were designed to fit the multi-interface hotshoe that is found on newer Sony cameras and the flash units communicate with the camera in order to operate as a system.

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Nov 18, 2014 0 comments

Manfrotto recently added a new collection of light modifying tools to their line of gear for wedding, still life and portrait photography. Designed for use in the studio or on location, Manfrotto’s light modifiers provide effective light shaping and modifying control. Relatively easy to use and highly portable, these light modifiers include a series of reflectors and diffusers, a series of softboxes (to use on/off camera), a duo umbrella and a background support system.

Cynthia Boylan Posted: Nov 17, 2014 1 comments

The new Lume Cube is a portable, versatile 1,500-lumen external flash and video light made for use with the GoPro Hero (or any digital camera), iPhone and Android smartphones. Featuring a simple mobile interface, the Lume Cube allows you to capture better images in low light situations, allowing for more creative opportunities for photographers of all skill levels.

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Steve Bedell Posted: Oct 24, 2014 0 comments

Profoto B1 lights are the first studio lights to feature built-in TTL. They also have their own battery and controller so you can go on location and just pop up a light and start shooting. As of this writing they are available only for Canon, but by the time you read this the Nikon version should be available as well. To me, this is tailor-made for location shooting, so that’s where I did my tests.

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Joe Farace Posted: Oct 19, 2014 0 comments

This report and product roundup is based on my visit to this year’s WPPI Expo, a show popular with portrait, event, and wedding photographers. As I visited the many lighting companies at the show, it became clear that studio and location lighting is going through its biggest changes since the invention of the flash bulb.

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Joe Farace Posted: Oct 07, 2014 0 comments

The first thing I did after receiving Flashpoint’s 180 battery-powered monolight was shoot a few tests to get a feel for how well the unit performed. Although impressed, more so than with some other battery-powered units I’ve used, at one point while shooting with a Canon EOS 60D, a BG-E9 battery grip, and an EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, I thought, “Wow, why is this camera so heavy?” That was when the “Small Monolight/Small Camera” concept was born and I decided to shoot this review using a Micro Four Thirds camera. And why not, so I worked with my Panasonic Lumix G5 for the test.

Cynthia Boylan Posted: Sep 25, 2014 0 comments

A great tool to have in your gear bag or pocket when shooting at night or in dark areas in the rugged outdoors, the Pelican ProGear 3310PL LED flashlight flashlight was created to be tough, reliable and practical.

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Steve Bedell Posted: Sep 09, 2014 0 comments

The first time I saw the Ice Light was at a trade show a couple of years ago. Models were walking around the trade show carrying what looked to be lightsabers from Star Wars. It sure was a great way to get attention, but I dismissed it as a gimmick, especially when I saw the price—$500 for a stick of light! But later I got to see Jerry Ghionis, who came up with the idea, use the Ice Light at one of his workshops. Hmm, maybe there is some merit to this thing after all.

Cynthia Boylan Posted: Aug 20, 2014 0 comments

Metz has just launched the latest addition to its flash system lineup: the new Mecablitz 64 AF-1. Offering an impressive guide number of 64 (210 feet) at ISO 100/21˚, it has a large color touch display, an Automatic Flash mode with 12 f/stops, a Manual Flash mode with 25 partial light levels and a Remote TTL mode.

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Joe Farace Posted: Aug 05, 2014 0 comments

There are two kinds of portrait photographers: the first likes to shoot with “available light,” by which they mean “every light that’s available.” For some shooters, setting up five lights to make a portrait is just getting started. The second group prefers to use as few light sources as possible because there’s less gear to fiddle with, which translates into more time spent concentrating on the subject. Isn’t that what making a portrait is all about? Using fewer lights is less expensive, reduces setup time, and results in less weight to transport on location. But can you make a portrait with just one light?

Steve Bedell Posted: Aug 01, 2014 0 comments

We all know that dedicated flash units are amazing tools. They allow us to use not just one but several flashes with amazing control over the output and have the math figured out for us in the bargain. But unless we modify the light in some way we are left with a very small light source that can be very harsh, and while that may be fine in some cases, there are times when we need to modify the light to soften and shape it. With the Profoto RFi Speedlight Speedring, you now have the ability to do just that using the many modifiers available to you in the Profoto arsenal.

Cynthia Boylan Posted: Jul 28, 2014 0 comments

LEDGO has introduced a new line of professional LED light panels (models LG-600S, LG-600CS, LG-1200S and LG-1200CS) that feature a >95 CRI rating, an all metal housing and removable metal barn doors—in single and bi-color models—and Sony V-Lock battery adapter plates. Prices range from $439 to $799.

Joe Farace Posted: May 02, 2014 Published: Mar 01, 2014 0 comments
There is something quietly satisfying about working with finely crafted tools. It’s a feeling I remember having back in the film days when making photographs with my first Hasselblad 500C/M camera and one I had again while shooting with Broncolor’s Move 1200 L Outdoor Kit 2. It made creating all of the images that you see here easier and fun to shoot, and it’s in this spirit of play where creativity lives, inspiring a photographer to try new ways to make better photographs. Broncolor’s Move Kit is just that kind of lighting system.
Jack Neubart Posted: Apr 29, 2014 Published: Mar 01, 2014 0 comments
A handheld meter is not just for studio work. Tricky lighting situations, high contrast, and unusual subject tonalities can often pose problems for camera metering systems, as advanced as they are. Beyond that, the camera meter can’t help with studio flash.
The first step toward taking tighter control with a broader range of lighting situations is to use a handheld meter. Enter the new Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478DR (PocketWizard version). Out of the box, it measures incident light. This exposure meter will also prove valuable when working with studio (or any manual) flash or a mix of ambient light and flash.

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