speed light Tag

All Hail The Mighty Fong!This universal diffuser claps onto the font of any speed light flash to diffuse the light and fill it into the shadows of your picture.No more Panda Eyes on your bridal portraits and no more couples caught like rabbits in the headlights at parties. Soft fill in that goes out to the edges of an interior - but doesn't burn out the main subject.The new universal velcro strap secures it to any flash - I know because I just got up from the laptop right now to try it on a new Nissin i40 - and you have a far better fill than could be obtained with the little box diffusers.We've got a stack of them in store right now....

Mah Frens, Ah can hear you out there a'groaning under the weight of sin! Ah can hear you a'groaning under the wait for your electronic flash to charge up!You-all will have to cope with the former as best you can ( Hint: Adjust the sin so that it hangs evenly over the  shoulders from the front to the back.) but Ah can relieve you of your sorrow with the latter.If'n you want the fastest solution to the problem, git the Toshiba AA batteries. They are cheap - $ 2.40 for two - and will generally fire off about 150 shots in a standard electronic speed-light. But sometimes they go for much longer - Ah fired mah Fujifilm EF-42 flash about 315 times last Sunday and the batteries still have power.If you-all want to save money in the long run, you can git the Powerex rechargeable cells in either 2700 mAh or 2400mAh. You'll have to ask Ernest why they are different but they all work pretty well and you can just keep putting electricity into them between jobs. Powerex make...

Long a fan of the Fong, I noticed recently that the Collapsible Lightsphere has had a change.The previous model was all one moulding that you pressed carefully onto the throat of your speedlight. It stuck on with a set of moulded blades that gripped the head. A little tricky when you were in the heat of the moment but it fit everything.The new version has four soft flanges that go round the head and a nylon strap that cinches it tight in place. As with everything these days, the final grip is a Velcro patch.Does it work? You bet - easier to put on and perfectly secure with that strap. The basic action of softening and spreading light is just the same as before - but Gary has designed a new instruction leaflet that is easier to decipher.If your camera runs clean at ISO 800 this is all you need to do good people pictures at weddings This and a stick to scatter the flower girls when they get annoying....

This sounds like the title of a Chuck Norris movie - he plays Ansel Adams in a blockbuster where he defeats the evil power of something. The idea of Ansel Adams stripped to the waist firing a machine gun is oddly appealing*.Coming away from that, I discovered that we have an all-in-one kit for active hobbyists who have at least one speed light and the desire to modify the output. You get attachment accessories that let you put on a snoot, diffuser, grids, filters, or small softbox. The filter holder bears a slight resemblance to the ones made by C---n or L-- but is sized for 3 1/2 inch filters and good luck finding those.The rest of the gear is pretty useful, and as it is all in one set you can get a good variety of looks going and experiment. If you've got a speed light setup that runs to several heads it is perfect for portable portraiture.Pardon the terrible pack shots but it is too big to fit in the editorial light tent.* They cancelled the planned movie...

I do an annual job at the WAMED Bellydance Bazaar. ( WAMED = WA Medicated Ethnic Dancers. By the time they finish a week of hip drops and shimmies they are all on Volataren, Deep Heat, and chardonnay...

Did goe to the Great Charity Steampunk Ball at the Government House ballroom on laste Saturday and was greatley entertained.Also greatly relieved as the image will show. it was the first time that the Moriarty Portrait Camera was put to use in earnest. Some 280 images were recorded with it of ball-goers and general views. About 30 of those images have been suppressed by Government Order but I am confident that the others will give satisfaction.Readers of this blog may know of the Moriarty. It is a camera that has a Fujifilm lens fitted - currently the 18mm f:2 version - and records images upon an electronic sensor that is 18mm x 24mm in size. Under normal circumstances in the field it might utilise a setting of 400 ISO, though when it is in use in the ball with the associated Nikon SB 700 flashes it is turned to 800 ISO.The Forbidden Images were taken at 3200 ISO and are free of most defects - really very pleasing images. But you won't see them. Government Order.The Moriarty connects directly to...

Regular readers of the blog will remember the ones about Honl - the accessory company for strobists. We've been selling their softboxes, grids, gels, and camera wraps for some time now.Time has come to declare a 20% off sale for these - to continue until the current stock is exhausted. This is a good opportunity for all users of portable flash - Nikon, Canon, Nissan, Promaster, etc. - to take control of that flash out there in the real ( dark) world and do some professional portraits.Note for users of off-camers flash systems that depend upon IR to control the flash:The Honl softboxes that fit on the front of the flash do so in such a way that they do not obscure the IR receptors on the flash units. This is a problem for some other brands and you get misfires if the IR port is shielded. Honl can be used with the SB 700 with confidence....

See what you get for opening this blog on Monday morning. You'll know better next time.My sentiments exactly when I went to a family party last Saturday. It was a cheerful affair - a 21st birthday - and things seem to have moved on somewhat form the 1960's. In this one the boys did eventually mingle with the girls. The girl guests were still better dressed and better looking than their male counterparts, but at least the strict segregation of sexes has been relaxed - no morre keg to stand around.Where was I? Taking party photos with the D 300 in a dark cave of a restaurant in Cottesloe. SB700 on top, diffuser on the front, 400 ISO and TTL Bl. 1/125 of a second and f:8. It could not have been easier - push the victims together ( " Grip and Grin, Kids..") press the little button on the front of the handgrip, and look round the place to see where the girl with the tray of spring rolls had gotten to. Every. Picture. Worked.I expected no less as...