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20140330020729-PB16While we personally didn’t think that the wireless radio flash world needed something sleek and stylish, the new creator of the FlashQ begs to differ. Today, a brand new IndieGoGo project has been launched to fund the creation of a brand new, stylish, low radio powered non-TTL flash transmitter. Like any other radio transmitter, the transmitter plugs into the hot shoe of your camera and the receiver goes onto the flash. This one doesn’t require cables and instead uses a standard hot shoe to trigger the flash. But once again there is no TTL transmission. However, it can sync up to 1/250th.

The FlashQ is being pitched specifically at mirrorless camera users. As far as specs go, it doesn’t seem to have many buttons either. The page states that 160 channels are available and that one transmitter can control up to 8 flash receivers up to 20 meters away. Plus the receivers can use a cold shoe to screw onto a light stand if needed. If you want to hook it up to a studio light, you can use a sync cord that comes with the receiver as well.

It’s going to be tough for them to compete with the likes of Yongnuo–who has done a great job already with the mirrorless market and making affordable products. But the big thing is that you can get them in white, black, blue or pink. Plus you can print your signature on the faceplate.

Check out the product video after the jump.

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A while ago, we reported on Project Spacefish. Then a Kickstarter was launched to produce what they were calling a groundbreaking new flash. Now, we have loads more details on the flash. First off, ti’s called the Spacefish and it is a flexible flash. So instead of using a Cobra head style flash or a more traditional speedlight, the Spacefish will be an acrobat of sorts.

The Spacefish has an LED modelling light, remote functionality, an output of GN 103 (which is weak sauce compared to typical speedlights), manual control, charges via USB and wireless radio functionality that the company is promising this year.

The company has launched the Hinkquirer as a blog of sorts to show off what the flash can do. Indeed, in the right situations and the right exposures it can do quite a bit. Some of the demo photos are incredible, but it will be interesting to see how it performs when put into softboxes and more. When you add a filter/gel to it, the light will be even weaker–which will require you to boost the ISO or open the aperture up even more.

We’re calling in a review unit, but at the moment we’re a bit skeptical. The company’s fun Kickstarter video is after the jump.

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Shooting with a flash in the middle of the day? Why would you do that? Believe it or not, you’ll want to use a flash during the day more than any other period. Well for starters, you can sometimes get better looking images than what a normal camera and lens can give you and you can also create images that might be otherwise tough to do. You’ll also find that shooting with a flash in the middle of the day can teach you a lot more about the way that light works.

If you want crisper, cleaner, sharper images and to boost the already great effects that natural light has, read on.

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With its new educational video series, “Nikon Behind the Scenes,” Nikon wants you to learn from professional photographers, and take your personal technique to the next level. To that goal, the company has teamed up with its ambassadors Joe McNally and Corey Rich, as well as professional photographer Tamara Lackey, to create a series of videos where these photographer share some of their secrets with you. Want to know how to effectively light a subject? Keen on learning how to shoot action video? Wondering how to get your nephew to smile for a portrait? All of this and more will be revealed in the new series, which is hosted on YouTube and Google+.

The first video of the series features Joe McNally talking about the use of ambient light, how to combine it with flash, and how to achieve a dramatic effect with your speedlight. How does all that fit into three minutes? By showing Joe McNally using the technique live in front of the camera, including the results. For example, McNally shows how to bounce your flash off a wall for a more ambient quality to the light–a technique that we here at The Phoblographer have been propagating time and again.

New videos in the series will be posted to YouTube and Google+ every couple of weeks. Next up is Corey Rich, who throughout the series will be talking about portraits, time lapse, action stills and video while in the Sierra Nevada mountains. His video will go live on March 20, after which Tamara Lackey will be featured in her first video on family photography, which is scheduled to appear on April 1st. For more, check out Nikon’s Google+ page and YouTube channel.

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Want more Useful Photography Tips? Check them out here.

If you’re starting out as a photographer shooting events or portraits, one of the biggest rookie mistakes made (along with using a Gary Fong Lightsphere incorrectly) is simply pointing a flash directly up towards the ceiling and expecting the best and most perfect results. The problem with this method is that you tend to create unflattering shadows (and there is a difference between flattering and unflattering shadows) on a person’s face and therefore make them look not their best. While many flashes give you a small bounce card, it usually isn’t enough to fill in those shadows either.

In the situation where you don’t have something like a large Rogue FlashBender, we recommend this: point the flash up towards the ceiling and behind you just a tad–then crank up the flash output around 2/3-1 stop brighter. Based on the way that light and flashes work, the ceiling is used to become a main light source as it is illuminated by the flash output. But if you put the light source right above someone’s face, you’ll create shadows underneath. However, if you move it around to above and slightly in front of them, the light will seem a tad more natural.

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If you haven’t heard of the Ray Flash before, you’re missing out. It is an adapter that takes existing light from your hot shoe flash and puts it into a ring shape. The look is highly valued by fashion photographers and in photo booths. Today though, ExpoImaging is announcing the Ray Flash 2. Besides a reworked external design, it mostly seems like the same product. A couple of the changes are a new universal flash head mount (the previous one needed to be paired with specific flashes) and the fact that it comes in a long or short version. The short versions are designed for smaller cameras like Canon Rebels; but according to the compatibility list it doesn’t seem to jive too well with some mirrorless options. The long version on the other hand works with lots of higher end DSLRs and the OMD EM5.

The Ray Flash 2: Universal Ring Flash Adapter is now available in the U.S. through photo specialty resellers nationwide, or online at the ExpoImaging Store.  The Ray Flash 2 retails for $139.95.

We’re going to try to call in a review unit, but in the mean time you should check out our review of the original Ray Flash and our introduction to Ring Flash.