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Joe Farace  |  May 14, 2012  |  First Published: Apr 01, 2012  |  0 comments

A monolight is a self-contained studio flash that consists of a power supply, flash head, and modeling light wrapped up inside a single housing. Monolights are typically powered by AC current but there are times on location when an electrical outlet may not be so conveniently located and long extension cords can create safety hazards, even when securely fastened down. I’ve had people trip over taped cords and believe me, it can ruin your day. That’s why a new breed of monolights, such as Adorama’s Flashpoint II monolights, offer a DC option with a battery pack when you might be out standing in a field or, at one time during my tests, in a big parking lot. A switch lets you choose between AC or DC power provided by a dedicated Ni-MH battery pack that measures 7x7x3” and weighs 2.65 lbs.

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.

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).

Steve Bedell  |  Feb 04, 2014  |  First Published: Dec 01, 2013  |  0 comments

GamiLight has been in the business of making light-shaping accessories for small, dedicated flash units like the ones from Nikon, Canon, Metz, etc., and has recently broadened their lineup. I had heard about their products and thought I’d give them a try, so they responded by sending me just about every modifier they make. I received their Square 43 with the Soft Plus 43 adapter, the Box 60, the Spot 2, the Event Pro, and a few mounts. As we go through this review I’ll let you know what these are all about, but my tests were aimed at determining how effectively the units work, how well they are made, how convenient they prove out in the field, and, most importantly, whether I should consider buying them to solve some of my lighting issues.

Joe Farace  |  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.

Joe Farace  |  Jan 23, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 01, 2012  |  0 comments

There are lots of companies making speedlight accessories but what makes Graslon’s different from the others are the mirrors. Most speedlight diffusers work in a similar way: translucent material is placed in front of the flash head to scatter light and soften shadows, but many times that light doesn’t scatter and some gets lost. Graslon’s Flash Diffusers use a series of patent-pending mirrors that enlarge the light source before sending it through the diffuser. This allows the light to travel to the corners of the diffuser so that light coming through the diffuser is balanced and, well, diffuse. Two types of diffusers, or lenses, as Graslon prefers to call them, are available: the dome spreads the light everywhere (think bare-bulb effect) to take advantage of bouncing light off walls and ceilings; the flat lens is more directional and useful when you’re using the flash as fill in no-bounce situations. Much like a Zeiss Softar filter it’s covered in hundreds of mini-lenses or bumps that spread the light evenly across its surface.

Dan Havlik  |  Feb 27, 2015  |  0 comments

We’ve seen colorful orbs in a light painting before but never as many as the East Coast Light Painting (ECLP) group crammed into a single exposure this past summer. In fact, the Guinness World Records just confirmed that the ECLP set the world record for most complete light orbs in a single exposure with 200 orbs.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 01, 2018  |  0 comments

One way to increase the quality of photos taken in a home studio is to use some form of supplemental light to brighten the scene, increase depth of field, and avoid noise and other artifacts that tend to occur when shooting in low light with wide apertures and high ISO settings.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Oct 20, 2014  |  0 comments

Created for adventurous types, like those who live to explore the night on a bicycle, skateboard, surfboard (or with SCUBA gear), the Qudos (pronounced kudos) Action light for GoPro cameras helps illuminate the darkness and allows you to capture great videos of your nocturnal adventures. The Qudos Action is a high-powered video light designed specifically for use with Go-Pro 2, Hero3 and Hero3+ cameras, as well as other action cameras that are compatible with GoPro conversion mounts.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 26, 2017  |  1 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.

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.

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.

Joe Farace  |  Apr 03, 2015  |  0 comments

The studio lighting genie is not going back into the bottle anytime soon and LED light sources are finding their place in more and more camera rooms. Clever and versatile lighting systems such as Rotolight’s new Anova V2 and their compact RL48-B battery-powered portable lights are part of the reason why.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 27, 2018  |  0 comments

If you’ve ever shot portraits in front of a seamless white background or a cyclorama, you’ve probably had to deal with pesky background shadows. They’re fine if you’re going for a dramatic look in your portraits, but what if you wanted something cleaner as your background to draw attention to your subject?

Gavin Hoey  |  Jun 21, 2018  |  0 comments

Shooting portraits on location with a wide aperture can result in some great images, but if, like me, you want to underexpose the ambient light for a more dramatic effect, you’ll quickly realize there’s a problem with shutter speed and off camera flash.

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