Studio Tag

The studio light in a case - for the photographer who wants light light. Pardon the punning - this Godox kit is a surprising delight on the back wall of the Stirling street shop. It is designed for the event or portable portrait worker who wants a controllable studio mono-head in the smallest possible compass. Those of us who have been heretofore using speed lights, on-camera flashes, or burning pine knots for photo illumination now have a more capable choice...

In the rush to get the newest of cameras and lenses - lighter, faster, stronger, and better smelling - we sometimes lose sight of  the humbler components of photography. That is, until we are desperately trying to make the new gear do a simple old job. The answer in my studio, as in many, has often been Manfrotto. They have been casting aluminium and turning steel for decades to make the supports, hooks, stands, and other accessories that create our set-ups. Often copied, but never bettered, Manfrotto is the go-to when you need something to Stop Moving, Darn It! It is the gear that stabilises the cameras and backdrops before the IS starts to work. Okay, most photographers can use an extra pair of arms in the studio - that's what assistants are for. But even the best of them are still shaky and complain when they have to stay rigid for an hour. This is where Manfrotto comes in - the Magic Arm kit will stand to attention all day without complaint. a. First component is the redoubtable 035 Super Clamp It...

Because it's mine. It  wasn't yesterday morning when I went into the Stirling Street shop to take illustration images for the weblog. I propped up my portable product set on an unused counter top and went round gathering whatever was new. I noted that the Sony shelves were being stocked with fresh lenses and bodies - and it is darned nice to see the new display cabinetry moving toward completion in the front of the shop. Dangerous, though. The sight of new equipment, well-displayed, penetrates deep into the soul of a lot of us. There are jokes about Gear Acquisition Syndrome and how much photographers like to buy things - and there is more than a grain of truth in the humour. You must know the truth - that same desire is often in the management and staff. We love all aspects of photography; images, art, knowledge, personalities...

Well, this is Western Australia and it is high summer this week, after all. Out is hot and in is cool - and where does the Siamese cat in the fur coat choose to sleep? You guessed it. But the Godox people are smarter than the cat  - they realise that bringing the Godox AD600Pro inside will have the benefit of letting us use it as a studio flash in the cool  - and we can access the AC mains current as we do it. The Godox AD 600 Pro is supplied with a good big lithium-ion battery to power it in the field. That's the picture below, with the charge lights lit. Not much power in the battery as supplied, but you charge it before use and the lights all go on. Plenty of power, a warning sign for the hot surface, and no wonder. That is a big LED panel in there - along with something I've not seen before; a user-pluggable flash tube. The specs say 360 full power shots  - more if you're dialling down - and a 38...

Smaller Solutions - Part Four The business of supplying constant light for video recording is not just confined to the studio with big panels, soft boxes, or banks of light. It can also be needed out in the field. Two Phottix products currently on the Stirling Street roster would seem to be very elegant answers to the problem. I noted them on the floor and again up in stock in the storeroom. a. The Phottix Nuada P is a 250mm x 100mm soft LED panel on front and a digital control on the back . Colour temperature can be adjusted between 3300º Kelvin and 5600º Kelvin with a power output of 860 Lux. Small and intimate, it would be ideal for vlogging and other close encounters. There is a shoe mount on the bottom as well. Note that the light has been attached to the shop display rack with the Phottix umbrella mount. This is an all-metal bracket that is very good value for money and contains a number of safety features like spring buttons to prevent you dropping the lights at an inadvertent...