Studio Flash Tag

That flash head up there in the boom arm - is that an Elinchrom?By golly, yes it is. It's one of the new Elinchrom D-Lite RX One heads. Looks like someone finally made a good system flash head that can go on the end of an arm - 'course you could always put things on the ends of boom arms, but with heavy flashes, the boom arm started to get heavier and the the support stand started to get heavier, and pretty soon you had the sort of thing that Cammel Laird used to put turrets on battleships...

In the spirit of science here are three studio shots of a bedside lamp modified by Profoto light shaping tools - specifically the honeycomb grids that clip onto standard reflectors and the snoot which does he same.The 5º grid throws a much smaller circle of light than the 10º grid. They are both somewhat of a soft edge to the light - perfect for highlighting faces in portraits or products on a table.The snoot also restricts the blast of light but does so with a sharper edge and more artifacts in the light pool.Note that all of these devices absorb light and radiate it back as heat but the grids are generally buried in the front of the reflectors while the snoot is right out there ready to get you on the forehead as you move through the darkened studio...

Starting a studio? Going to try video for the first time? Need a softbox for your speed light?All good questions that a new studio enthusiast or student might ask themselves - and there are two good answers sitting out on the floor in the CL sale right now - you'll have to be fast because there are ONLY two.The first is a speed ring that has an integral 1/2" studio stand mount attached to it and a cold-shoe mount for standard portable speed lights at the back. Not a flimsy outfit - this is meant as a demo and display unit and really will last for a century. The speed ring is colour-coded for the CL softboxes, of which we have many and they are all on 50% off sale.The second is the same speed ring but with a solid mount and an Edison-screw socket mounted ready to take a standard light bulb - or a stronger photo light if you can find one. It would be perfect as a soft fill for video as it will be silent.Two only...

Studio lighting - there's more to it than sawing the roof of the house off, or setting fire to the sitter. As fun as these ideas may be, new studio shooters need to know other forms of illuminating their subjects. Here is where Shoot Photography Workshops and Anthony Wilson come in.Anthony will be conducting a three-week introduction to studio lighting in May. Hell be lecturing and demonstrating the ins and outs of flashes, light modifiers, exposure rations, posing , shooting, and equipment for a host of studio situations.If you have just bought a two-flash kit and want to know how to get the best out of it - or if you want to expand your range of illuminations and wish to find out exactly what light shapers do - Anthony is the man to listen to.The course will be on the 6th of May - the 13th of May - and the 20th of May. It won't be a crowded pie fight either - there will be time and space for individual help  and creativity.The basic cost for the three-wek...

Today is Earth Day. You all know what that means. Time to have your wall sockets and extension cords checked by a qualified electrical contractor.While you are thinking electrical, consider the Godox power inverter. We have the LP 800-X model in stock right now and the price has dropped from $ 995 to $ 895.Do you have studio flashes that are locked into your studio? Or a computer that needs mains power to run? Or  hot lights that need 240VAC to operate? Are you sick of having to unreel 25 kilometres of extension cords from your house to the beach for a location shoot - and then having to reel them back up again to go home?Here is where the Godox inverter is your frend. There are three standard AC sockets on one side and three USB sockets sockets on the other - see images. The power inverter locks onto the top of the dedicated rechargeable battery and pumps out 750 watts continuous or 800 intermittent power. You can draw off 110VAC 60Hz or 240 V Ac 50Hz. There are...

Now we're not talking Tasmania or Newfoundland here - this is about the business of getting two portable studio flashes out and about. Specifically the Profoto variety.The Acute B2 from Profoto is the sort of portable flash generator that you can take out into the filed to provide the power land controllability that pure speedlights cannot do. It is fully integrated with the vast range of Profoto light shapers and has the sort of stopping power for action that sports or advertising people need.Now it is possible to increase the pattern of lighting with two of the portable heads connected to the generator - Profoto have introduced a split cable for the system. Main and fill. Hatchet lighting. hair and front. Possibilities increase...

Go on. Harden up. Time to soften your photos.We've just put out a sales stack of CL-brand soft boxes and suitable speed rings on our bargain floor near the front of the store.The CL boxes come in all sorts of sizes - from little 40 x 40 squares up to massive strip and bed boxes. There are octas as well. Also deep and shallow types and some with recessed fronts so that you can fit egg crate grilles.The speed rings are available for Elinchrom, Profoto, and Bowens - though there are a limited number of Bowens ones. As you'll see from the illustration, the rings are multiple-use types - they are colour-coded for where the rods are to be inserted.These are well-built items and would serve a good long time in professional use.The sale prices are 30% off marked retail for individual items - and if you buy the softboxes with a lighting kit we'll go to 40% off the softbox prices. It is a good opportunity to expand the light-shaping capabilities of your studio....

Did goe to the Photographic Markets yesterday and was greatley amused.As a stroller, not a seller, I was able to observe many things that have heretofore escaped notice. And a number of these observations have set in train essayable thought:1. There is only so much valuable old material in any one area of the world, whether that material be Leica cameras or Vermeer paintings or old Soviet warheads. Eventually it will all have been sold to the Chinese, or the Dutch, or the Poles. Then the supply will dry up. After that the articles on offer will be Ansco 127 flash cameras, lithographs of Wave Rock in a plastic frame, and Holgas. Who will we find to buy these?2. Just as there is no Eldorado, Tall Dark Man, or Shangri La, there is no secret stash of mint-condition Leica cameras and lenses that will be offered by a bereaved family eager to sell them for pennies.3. " You can still get film for it" may be a true statement and may form the basis for a sales offer, but it...

Some of our readers are new studio shooters who have purchased D-lite and BXRi outfits. These feature two heads and soft box or umbrella light shapers - they are an ideal way to start to learn studio lighting. Endless experimentation is possible as you mix and match the modifiers.Some of the new shooters may be ready for the next step - the beauty dish. That's an Elinchrom 44 cm beauty dish at the top of the header - standard fitting and it slots directly into the D-lite or BXRi heads. It's a metal dish with a soft white inner coating and a strange little plate on a stick balanced inside.The strange little plate is a blocker that prevents the direct blast of the flash tube from coming out forward at the subject - it deflects it to the side evenly into the big dish. You'll see four separate deflectors on the next image, and note that there is a silver, a gold, a white, and a translucent one.These provide varying degrees of modification to the light blast - in the...