flash Tag

Footlights at the theatre contribute a lot to the lighting - see the recent posting re. the Mozart opera. Now you can do the same as the big guys in your own home studio.Look at these humble AC flashes - they've been around for ages in the trade - I remember seeing advertisements for the in Fred Spira's day. They draw power from 240vAC and ca]n be fired from a standard PC cord or from their own internal slave cell.There is a power-on light to show when you are connected and a ready-light to show when the charge is sufficient. They fire out at about a GN of 45.Put them into outdoor floodlight sockets  ( See Mr. Bunnings for these. ) and they will synch along with your studio strobes for the authentic stage effect. Put tiny gels in under the plastic dome cover and you can make magic.Also useful for el-cheapo copying stand and macro work and can be rigged up for an extremely basic studio portrait setup. You're only limited by your imagination and paying the Synergy bill....

Do you have a letter box at your house? You do? Have you noticed the people who stalk the streets and fill it with advertising flyers? They are unstoppable - no matter how many signs you put up they will still stuff your letter box with paper.Apart from the ecological question of all that paper and ink, and the moral question of being able to defend your letter box...

Digital shooters can be be spoiled by the wonderful developments that the major manufacturers have made with camera sensors and electronic circuitry. As time has gone on the cameras have been given the ability to make pictures under darker and darker conditions with cleaner and cleaner results. In many cases digital shooters have never thought to turn on any additional artificial light. And many have eschewed it as being somehow "impure"...

Today's post is occasioned by an enquiry that I had last Saturday from a customer. It pointed out that there may be some misconceptions regarding modern cameras and their sale - misconceptions that we may be able to clear up. Here goes.1. Does it come with a battery?If it is a modern digital camera, yes. All the manufacturers include a battery with it. Generally it is the rechargeable Li-ion type. If it is a camera that runs on 2 or 4 of the AA batteries they generally include a set of alkaline ones in the box.If you are going to do anything with your camera past leaving it in a dresser drawer - ie actually go out and take pictures - you would be very wise to purchase a second rechargeable battery or a second set of AA's for it. They don't cost that much and if you are on a trip you can leave one battery to recharge while you go on with the other. Which leads is to the next question...

Are you nervous? Are you shy? Well we've got just the thing for you - social event photography! Now you can blend into the foreground in a blaze of light shouting your lungs out at strangers and fighting with burley security staff. If you are loud enough you can get tossed out into the street and if you are lucky it will be a wet street. How good is that!This blog is brought to you by a strong cup of coffee and a note on my personal Facebook page from a friend. They are a shy and retiring sort. I have a great deal of sympathy with that as I used to be myself - until I discovered a press camera and the No.25 flashbulb.Press Graphics were wonderful machines - complex enough to command respect and sturdy enough to be used in a club. As a club. Paired with a big flash running on D batteries and a pocket full of N0.25's you could picture ANYthing. If you had an outlet for your images it was a passport into some...

Users of the Sony range of following Sony digital cameras can feel happy. They can now use one of the new Hahnel Captur range of remote flash triggers/camera triggers to get off-camera flash shots.Note that this new range of accessory releases now uses AA batteries for power - useful if you are already carrying spares for your flash gun.There are two specialised cables included to accommodate the Sony sockets.Cameras catered for:A300A77IIA58A7sA7IIHX400RX100IIRX100IIINote for mirror-less users...