Articles tagged "lighting"

Aputure Amaran AL-M9 is a pocket-sized adjustable LED fill light

Aputure has unveiled the Amaran AL-M9, an affordable and lightweight pocket-sized LED panel. Read more

Photographer captures kayakers with help from drone-mounted Speedlites

Looking for a unique shot, adventure photographer Krystle Wright rigged up a couple of flash units to a drone to illuminate kayakers in near-darkness dropping down a 60ft waterfall. See video

Phottix launches Spartan multi-purpose beauty dish/softbox

Lighting and accessory manufacturer Phottix has launched a light modifier for studio heads and hotshoe guns that can be used as a beauty dish as well as an octa softbox. Read more

Bowens introduces Limelight Mosaic LED panels with better color accuracy

UK lighting manufacturer Bowens has announced an update to its Limelite Mosaic LED panels that it claims is 'significantly more colour accurate than previous models.' Read more

Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Frank Doorhof Edition features 'Super Soft Silver' reflector

Rogue has introduced a new FlashBender 2 XL Pro reflector designed in collaboration with photographer Frank Doorhof using a 'Super Soft Silver' fabric for a not-too-soft, not-too-harsh lighting effect. Read more

Fotodiox launches flicker-free LED100WB lighting heads with dimmable daylight output

Accessories and lighting manufacturer Fotodiox has introduced an LED lighting head that it claims is flicker-free and suitable for high speed photography. Read more

Broncolor launches range of softbox edge masks for rim light effect

Swiss lighting brand broncolor has announced a range of diffuser panels for its softboxes that help to create a rim light effect when the subject is positioned in front of the softbox. Read more

Broncolor launches battery-powered Siros studio heads for location photographers

Swiss lighting manufacturer bronocolor has announced the Siros 400 L and 800 L, a pair of battery-powered studio heads. Read more

Canon 600EX II-RT improves continuous flash firing in top-of-the-line Speedlite

The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT updates the manufacturer's top-shelf flash unit, claiming it fires up to 1.5x faster in continuous shooting with AA batteries or up to 2x with a new CP-E4N optional battery pack. Learn more

Elinchrom launches new EL-Skyport Plus system to include hotshoe flashes in wireless lighting networks

Swiss studio flash manufacturer Elinchrom has launched the next generation of its Skyport wireless triggering system that allows photographers to include hotshoe flash units in their lighting set-ups. Read more

Phottix launches Cerberus adapter for using hotshoe flashes in Bowens and Elinchrom studio head modifiers

Flash manufacturer Phottix has launched a new adapter that is designed to allow hotshoe flash units to be used with standard studio accessories, such as softboxes, umbrellas and snoots. Read more

Profoto launches collapsible OCF Beauty Dish

Profoto has launched the OCF Beauty Dish, a collapsible, lightweight, fabric version of its Softlight Reflector. Unlike the Softlight Reflector, the OCF Beauty Dish can be collapsed and stored in a carrying case when not in use, making it a more attractive option for photographers on the move. Read more

Polaroid-branded BrightSaber Pro wand packs 298 LEDs

A Polaroid-branded handheld light wand 'BrightSaber' is now available, packing 289 LED lights into a frosted tubular diffuser. The BrightSaber offers a built-in, secondary tungsten filter. Read more

Yongnuo announces YN360 LED light wand

Chinese lighting manufacturer Yongnuo has announced it is to launch a variable temperature LED wand for still and video photographers. The wand can be used to produce light that blends in with ambient lighting in a wide range of conditions by varying the mix of 3200K and 5500K LEDs, and also be used to create a spectrum of colors by mixing the red, green and blue LED sources. Read more

Manfrotto introduces next generation of on-camera LED panels

Italian accessory manufacturer Manfrotto has introduced three improved LED panels that are designed to be used by professional and serious enthusiasts in the hot shoes of their cameras. The new panels, which are powered by Litepanels, are the CROMA2, MICROPRO2 and the SPECTRA2. Each of the new models features surface-mounted LEDs, with new lenses that improve the intensity of illumination in the light path. Read more

Metz announces UK availability of new mecablitz 44 AF-2 flash/video light

German flash manufacturer Metz has said that the mecablitz 44 AF-2 flash unit that it announced at the end of last year will be available immediately, selling in the UK for £179.99. The gun is an update of the 44 AF-1, and brings with it compatibility with Fuji's X-system and a built-in LED for videographers. Read more

Manfrotto launches bright and compact Lykos LED lighting panels

Italian accessories manufacturer Manfrotto has announced it is to introduce a new range of LED light panels under the Lykos brand name. The Lykos Daylight and Lykos BiColor panels are small enough to hold in one hand but can also be mounted on a lighting stand, and can be powered by an L-type video-camera battery or via the included AC adapter. Read more

PIX 2015: Chasing light with Joe McNally

Over the span of a 35-year career as a professional photographer, Joe McNally knows what it means to chase light. Known for his work with studio and off-camera lighting, McNally is just as well-versed in the art of natural light as he is in artificial. In his PIX 2015 talk, he discusses the choices he makes about lighting to help bring out the most from his location and subject. Read more

LumoPro LP742 LightSwitch Speedlight Case doubles as light modifier

LumoPro has announced the LP742 LightSwitch Speedlight Case and Modifier. The case is made from padded ballistic nylon and is able to accommodate most speedlights on the market. LightSwitch can also be transformed into three types of light modifiers: a reflector, bounce card, and flag. The case features a double-zipper design and a velcro strap on the back. Read more

Ice Light 2 on the way with brighter LEDs and new battery system

Westcott has announced the second incarnation of its Ice Light LED lighting wand. Ice Light 2 promises to be 50% brighter than the previous model and comes equipped with Bluetooth for remote control and an interchangeable, rechargeable lithium ion battery. The light has a color temperature of 5500K, Color Rendering Index of 96 and a beam angle of 72.6 degrees. Read more

Elinchrom announces new ELB 400 portable flash system

Flash equipment manufacturer Elinchrom has launched a new portable flash system that promises faster recycling times, more bursts per charge and greater flexibility than the company’s current battery-powered kits. The Elinchrom ELB 400 is a 424Ws pack that can manage up to 350 full power flashes per charge and can recycle in 1.6 seconds after a maximum output burst. Read more

Asus shows Xenon flash accessory for smartphones

The Asus Xenon flash dongle connects to smartphones via USB OTG.

Phottix launches Indra 500 TTL mains or battery powered studio heads

Phottix has introduced a new studio flash head that can be powered via the mains in a studio environment or through a portable battery pack when flash is needed in the field. The Phottix Indra 500TTL offers 500 watts of output across eight settings from full power to 1/128th power and, according to Phottix, it can be synchronised with shutter durations as short as 1/8000sec. Read more

Lighting equipment manufacturer Metz files for insolvency

German television and photographic equipment maker Metz has filed for insolvency according to German media. Metz is known for producing high-end lighting equipment including flash units, studio flashes, and video lights. Approximately 600 jobs will be affected by the company's financial situation. Read more

Beginner's guide: shooting high-key at home

High-key lighting is a classic look for portraits or product photography that minimizes shadows and produces a bright, vibrant look. Although typically shot in the studio with lots of high-powered lights, it's possible to produce a similar look at home using some fairly basic kit. In this article we'll talk you through a simple backyard setup and some easy post-processing that will serve as a great introduction to high-key portraiture. Learn more

Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio

A flying flash rig that tracks the position of both photographer and subject to maintain consistent lighting angles has been developed by researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University. In a project designed to test co-ordination between aerial robots and ground-based targets, researchers programmed a flash-carrying drone to light people in the studio as the subjects and the photographer changed positions. Read more

Behind the scenes: Small lighting, big results with Joe McNally

Nikon's latest in a series of behind the scenes videos features photographer Joe McNally. An off-camera lighting wizard, McNally shares some useful tips from three different flash scenarios. No diffusion panel? No worries, McNally explains you can get the same results by placing a bed sheet between the flash and the subject. And as natural light began flowing through his studio, like any good photographer, McNally moved his model to make some pictures — without flash, this time. See video

Phottix Mitros Flash for Canon Review

The Phottix Mitros competes with the Canon 580EX II flash in our review. Will the half-price Phottix prevail?

Flashpoint 180 Monolight Review

Adorama's Flashpoint 180 Monolight kit will appeal to photographers on a budget. How does it fare in our review?

Fotodiox announces LED-based DY-200 Fresnel Lights

Fotodiox has announced the new DY-200 LED-based Fresnel Light for film work and studio photography. The lamps use very little power, are cool to the touch, and are flicker-free. They can be controlled via a built-in LED display, wireless remote, or with a DMX-compatible lighting control system. The DY-200 is available in daylight or 'W' tungsten versions, and is now available for $1199.95.

Shooting in Sh*tty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them

Lindsay Adler and Erik Valind have written a beginner’s guide to photographic lighting centered around an unusual conceit. By structuring a book around a list of common challenges, they are able to give simple, understandable, and achievable solutions that add up to a 'lighting 101' guide.

Photographer Greg Heisler and the story behind an ESPN cover photo

In a 'Master Series' video posted by lighting maker Profoto USA, celebrated photographer Greg Heisler shares a behind the scenes tale of how he created a unique on-location portrait of then-NBA star Alonzo Mourning. In explaining a lighting setup that even most other pros would struggle to pull off, Heisler breaks down his lighting diagram for a shot that he conceived, 'just because I think it looks cool'. (via Strobist)

Envisioning Family: A Photographer's Guide to Making Meaningful Portraits of the Modern Family

A mixture of personal anecdote and practical advice, 'Envisioning Family: A Photographer's Guide to Making Meaningful Portraits of the Modern Family' by Tamara Lackey should be of interest to anyone who wants to add a little something extra to their family portraits. Adam Kaplan takes a look.

Quick Guide to Video Lighting
So modern digital video cameras are so good at high ISO sensitivities that you don't need to use lights? Experienced director and camera operator Evan Pugh argues that the truth is quite the opposite. Here's his quick guide to lighting for DSLR video.
The One-Light Studio
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Creative and dramatic studio lighting does not have to involve a lot of gear. In this article, photographer Thomas Park demonstrates a range of creative possibilities that can be achieved using a single light in the studio.
Portrait Lighting Cheat Sheet
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Using a hyper-detailed 3D model as a portrait lighting test for various lighting types and modifiers.
Seascape photography
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Beautiful seascapes shot in stunning locations can really enhance your image collection. Read the tips in this article to increase your chances of success and get your images of the coastline to the next level.
Mountain bike photography technique
Whether it’s on a recreational level or part of the pro race scene, access to mountain bike photography is usually very straightforward. A DSLR with a standard zoom lens is all the kit you need and if you read the technique tips in this article you are ready to get started.