With Christmas coming someone asked me which Digital SLR camera they should buy for their other half, who had used a manual SLR back in the day, and was now keen to get into photography once more. I blow hot and cold when it comes to discussing ‘gear’. Yes, I’ll sing the praises of my […]
I’ve long been a bit of a purist when it comes to lighting for photography. My philosophy was something like, ‘Ambient light is best but if you are going to be using flash it’s got to be big studio-style flash heads with nice big modifiers on them.’ A hotshoe flashgun, for me, was just a […]
Thanks largely to the huge interest in off-camera flash with small hotshoe flashguns, driven by the online enthusiasm for photographers like Joe McNally and David Hobby, a plethora of new light shaping tools is available, borrowed from the world of studio flash. Hotshoe flash-specific softboxes and beauty dishes are becoming popular. But what if you […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
For the last four years or so I’ve been a user of Bowens Gemini lighting. Bowens was one of the first companies in the world to really start standardising what we now recognise as off-the-shelf studio lighting. Although a global brand, Bowens has been for decades ubiquitous in the UK, used by top photographers but […]
Some of the products that have the most transformative effects on your photography are the simplest. One such item is the Joe Demb Flip-it, which, with care, can deliver impressive results when more elaborate lighting set-ups are not possible. The flip-it essentially enables the photographer to create sophisticated ‘three light source’ images even when using […]