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.
There are lots of accessories out there that promise that they’ll take your pop-up flash’s light and make it look more professional. The newest (and perhaps the most complicated) addition to the bunch is called the Flekt. The accessory seems to work in almost the same way that a beauty dish does. To lay that out a bit more: your pop-up flash is a direct lighting source. The direct light is placed inside a small dish that reflects the light output back onto a panel. This way the light is being reflected and then bounced forward onto your subject.
Given the design, we also expect it to act like a beauty dish–which means that there is a range at which this would best be used.
The Kickstarter launches today: January 24th. And the video is after the jump.
A new year brings with it a lot of New Year’s resolutions, and it’s no less so with photographers. And though we are always well intentioned, we can easily let life get the better of us. However, keeping our commitments to ourselves doesn’t have to be so difficult or challenging as long as we have some idea of how to achieve our photographic goals. Here are a few suggestions that may help you to be more creative and productive in 2014.
Phottix introduced an Octabank earlier this year that is not only collapsible, but also fairly large at 43 inches. In the right situations, you can get some beautiful and soft light, but the overall feeling that you can get is also very punchy. And for the person interested in shooting fashion, this modifier is an invaluable and affordable piece of your kit.
Most of us here believe auto white balance is not your friend. We smiled when we learned Expoimaging introduced the Expodisc 2.0. We really liked the original Expodisc. The Expodisc can work with any camera with a custom white balance setting.
The Exppdisc 2.0 can meter for 18% incident exposure and has 2 levels of warming gels, which can be inserted into a recesses on the face of the ExpoDisc. The user can select for warmer skin tones in portraits. With the original version you had to purchase a second expodisc for warmer tones.
The Mount design has been improved as well with a low profile thread. Initially the Expodisc 2.0 will be released with a 77mm filter size. This size can be used with smaller threads by holding the Expodisc in front of the lens. Smaller filters sizes will be available in the future. The best part of the news is that the newer version is cheaper. It will be priced at $49.95.
A full list of details on the ExpoDisc 2.0 can be found here.
Hey strobists–game over now. Today, Profoto is announcing a jaw dropping new product in the lighting world. Meet the Profoto B1 Air TTL: a studio light and radio flash transmitter combination that that read your camera’s ISO and aperture settings and adjust the monolight accordingly–just like speedlights. It’s called the B1 500 AirTTL, and at the moment it will only work with Canon DSLRs, though the company is promising a Nikon version in 2014. It uses a new Air remote called the Air TTL-C, which works with your Canon DSLR’s metering system and can allow you to manually control the light or use TTL.
The remote will be sold separately from the light so you can use it if you want to. Considering that this B1 is 500 watt seconds, you know that it will be packing more power than five speedlights. The light can be controlled in tenths of stops over a 9 stop power range. It also sports a quick burst feature to let a photographer fire 20 bursts if they want.
Tech specs are after the jump. Who knows, they could have started to make the handheld light meter obsolete. Both products are available today.