Bowens Travelpak: freeing studio lights

I recently obtained a Bowens Travelpak, which is a compact battery unit that allows you to drive two Bowens Gemini flash heads away from a mains power supply. Bowens’s Gemini range have really stolen a march on other brands by designing-in battery savviness right from the word go. Before it was a question of using […]

Correcting nasty colour with photographic gels

Even if using a one flash light set-up you often have two sources available – your flash light and any ambient light. If the ambient light is based on daylight – ie. you’re outside or working with window light, no problem. Flash is designed to be colour matched to daylight so the two meld well.

Lastolite Ezybox and clones

One of the biggest trends in photography over the last few years has been the rediscovery of flash photography. While Nikon and Canon have had exotic wireless flash systems for a number of years that enable the use of flashgun ‘off-camera’ it’s only the writings of Americans Joe McNally and ‘Strobist’ David Hobby that many […]

Living-room studio pin-ups with Ally katte

I completed a shoot with up-and-coming Bristol Burlesque artist Ally Katte recently. The idea was to create some vaguely Alberto Vargas-like pin-up images. While the living room in my rented flat is larger than many a crummy buy-to-let shoebox, it’s still not an ideal space in which to work but with some canny lighting arrangements […]