studio photography Tag

Studio light stands come in many sizes but only two types; too flimsy or too massive.The former are usually cheaper than the latter but you tend to spend more money on them - they fail early and drop your expensive lights or backdrops onto the studio floor. Sometimes they drop your expensive lights or backdrops onto your even-more-expensive studio models and clients.It is wise to remember the old studio maxim: Be prepared to either light carefully or to light out...

In the interests of having enough room on our second floor to turn around, we have corralled a lot of the Cullmann Magnesit tripods and made a pyramid of them on the sales floor.They are new, but older stock. They will be sold at a considerable discount to our customers and there will even be a bonus discount if you pick a tripod from the top of the pile and do not compel us to restack it every five minutes.As these are new stock they will all carry the Cullmann 10-year warranty....

Most of us in the trade have seen the Pentax Q7 camera - but sometimes we have failed to see it in it's true light. It is a tiny little studio camera - for tiny little studios.Like most cameras, it has a number of white balance points - so you can adapt it to any sort of constant light source. Unlike many really tiny cameras, it has a standard hot shoe connector on top - so you can trigger studio strobes through a PC cord or a radio trigger.It has controls that can be accessed easily from the outside - and a logical arrangement of them. It takes the standard SD cards. It has a an adequate battery.And it is bright yellow. An important feature - this is a camera that cheers you up. You can ignore some of the funny features like the dial on the front that give you four colour looks. Unless you love one of them.As the sensor is small, the interchangeable lenses of the system can have a short focal length for their angular coverage....

You all know the Profoto B1 500 Air - the monohead that has the lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack clicked to the side of it - the one that fires incredibly short bursts of light. The one that takes all the Profoto light shapers and sits on the top of a standard light stand.Well I want one. No. I want four of them.I shoot in a darkened studio so that I can see the effect of the light positioning on the models. It does not have to be stygian in there but it is dim - as is my eyesight these days. Currently I have a set of lights that run off the mains power, with proper three-core AC cords and plugs. Because of the power socket position in the studio there are two feed points an two distributor blocks to split this electricity.That makes six power power cords in total. Yesterday I managed to unplug, tangle, and trip over all six at some point in the afternoon. One occasion nearly brought down a main light stand on top of me-...

Comrades.The cause of Photographic Steadiness and Proletarian Imagery will be advanced this week with the Camera Electronic sale of tripods. These are little devices that are easy to operate at a reasonable price - you do not need to pay $ 5.5 million dollars for them and they do not need an army of red-coated French technicians to make them work...

A general rule of military operations is to keep things as simple as possible - if there is less to go wrong less will go wrong. It will still go wrong, mind, but the area that you'll need to fix will be smaller.For years I have suggested this to people who want to fire flash guns somewhere other than on the hot shoe of the camera. The choices have been:1. PC cable from the camera to the flash gun. PC Socket or hit shoe adapter.2. Infrared transmitter on the top of the camera and infrared receiver in the flash gun.3. Infrared code from the on-camera flash and infrared receiver in the flash gun.4. Radio transmitter on top of the camera and radio receiver into which the flash gun plugs.5. Radio transmitter built into the camera and radio receiver built into the flash gun.Old hands will recognise the proprietary system their camera operates on - some Nikon cameras  will work with No.3 and the Canon EOS 5D Mk III will do the No.5 with the appropriate flash gun. These people are...

I was shooting pictures yesterday of the flight of the Spokane Sun God over the Umgawa waterhole in Zumba and ran into a problem that is rare - too much sunlight. And I had foolishly not equipped myself to deal with it.The problem was that I did not want to have the waterhole in sharp focus as the Buhl sesquiplane passed over it - just a little out of focus so as not to scare the elephants out of the waterhole. The aircraft was going to have to pass fairly low to have the waterhole appear large underneath it and the depth of field of the lens at small aperture meant that the elephants were going to be in sharp focus.There was too much light for this - the lowest ISO that the Fujifilm X-E2 goes with a good dynamic range is ISO 200. I would have been forced to use f:16. I really wanted f:2.8.Had I been wise, I would have employed the Fujifilm X-100, 100s, or 100t because these have an inbuilt switchable 3X ND filter. Or I...

Yes, here it comes again.Our friend Dale Neille has just alerted us that the Fremantle International Portrait Competition is on again for 2015 - with some bouncing rewards for the best photos. $ 12,000 in cash and material prizes. You can bounce pretty darn good for $ 12,000...