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Steve Bedell  |  Oct 03, 2017  |  0 comments

I doubt anyone could foresee the rapid changes digital technology has brought to photography. As a veteran of the business (40+ years), we have come a long way from the match-needle metering and manual flash units of the past. Heck, I can remember when thyristor circuits were a big deal because they could help us automate flash exposures.

Joe Farace  |  Sep 27, 2017  |  0 comments

“Photography is all about light, composition and, most importantly, emotion.”—Larry Wilder

Dan Havlik  |  Jul 26, 2017  |  0 comments

If you’ve wanted to learn more about studio lighting but have been too intimidated to take the plunge, the below video from Mango Street is a great place to get started.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 13, 2017  |  0 comments

Need some professional-looking shots of small items for eBay or website use? Here’s another option with a brand name that’s been around for decades.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 03, 2017  |  0 comments

Fotodiox Pro has introduced an assortment of "Factor" lights that let you achieve studio-style results with no hot spots and a single, clean shadow. Designed for both spot illumination and area lighting, the Factor Series includes nine models in a variety of sizes and shapes.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 10, 2017  |  0 comments

Don’t be confused by the diminutive size of the new Fotodiox Pro PopSpot LED Fresnel light. While it’s barely the size of a soda can, this little powerhouse packs plenty of punch, runs on AC or battery power, and unlike other Fresnel lights never gets hot.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 03, 2017  |  0 comments

DIY projects are a fun way to make your own gear and save major bucks in the process, and the video below shows you how to construct a sturdy light stand for less than $5 worth of PVC pipe. If you really want to go “pro,” you can drop another $2 on a cheap PVC cutter.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 26, 2017  |  0 comments

For those of us who don’t have our own photo studios, tabletop photography often involves waiting for a bright overcast day and shooting outdoors with the sky as a giant softbox. While this approach works quite well, sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Steve Bedell  |  Dec 20, 2016  |  0 comments

When I first heard about the AlienBees DigiBee flash units, my reaction was probably mirrored by many: An AlienBees light with a digital back, what’s to get excited about? And while the new DigiBee might not have all the whiz-bang features of some of the higher-priced lights on the market, there are several hidden surprises that may make you want to take a look.

 

Steve Bedell  |  Nov 18, 2016  |  0 comments

I love testing the new and latest lighting gear. The transformation from the analog to the digital age has meant rapid advancements in both camera and lighting equipment. The advent of the self-contained, battery-powered monolight is one of the prime areas where the manufacturers are all producing lights that are just as capable and easy to use in the field as they are in the studio.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 10, 2016  |  0 comments

As the name implies, the Fotodiox LED Studio-in-a-Box is a self-contained tabletop studio that features interior LED lighting that has a daylight color balance of 5600 Kelvin. The CRI, or Color Rendering Index, is 85 (on a scale 0 to 100).

Ron Leach  |  Nov 07, 2016  |  0 comments

Olympus has unveiled the versatile weatherproof, freezeproof and dustproof Twin Flash STF-8 that will let you keep shooting macro shots in the rain when other photographers run for cover. The sophisticated unit offers full TTL capability as well as auto-sync and the ability to manually select the output power from full all the way down to 1/128.

Joe Farace  |  Oct 10, 2016  |  0 comments

In contemporary lighting equipment there are trends and there are fads with some gear seemingly having equal parts of both. And they just aren’t boxes of light anymore; they are lightsabers, small studio lights with big output, and everywhere you look it’s LED lighting in every size, shape, and price.

Seth Shostak  |  Oct 10, 2016  |  0 comments

For decades, soft light has been the bee’s knees for portrait photography. It’s flattering, pleasant to look at, and undistracting.

Jack Neubart  |  Sep 27, 2016  |  0 comments

Joe McNally learned the value of supplementing available light with flash early on in his career as a photojournalist. Currently a Nikon Ambassador who works mainly as a commercial/editorial portrait photographer, McNally has become a staunch advocate for the use of Nikon Speedlights on location, often using these small flashes off camera in multiple lighting setups. McNally even mixes his Speedlights with studio strobes on occasion when the situation warrants.

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