No one ever really tells you to use your pop-up flash on your camera unless you’re triggering flashes wirelessly or you’re going for the Terry Richardson look. But to help make your pop-up flash a bit more useful, ExpoImaging is releasing their new Rogue Safari Pop-Up Flash Booster. It is designed for use with telephoto zoom lenses 100mm or longer–which basically means that it is taking your flash output and putting it into a snoot with something like a fresnel glass. The press release specifically states that it, “focuses up to 8x more light (an improvement of up to 3 f/stops) on a subject than a DSLR’s unassisted pop-up flash, and up to 12x more than ambient light.”
They’re also stating that it works best with Canon and Nikon DSLRs. The Rogue Safari retails for $34.95.
When you’re down to the macro focusing range, it is almost never recommended to shoot wide open. The reason for this is because you’re focusing so closely to the subject, very little will be in focus at any given aperture. So you’ll need to stop down the lens. But in order to also minimize your post-production, we recommend putting a flash on your camera to get it right the first time around. Set that sucker to TTL, and put a Rogue FlashBender on it and hover the modifier over the subject. The flash output will bathe the subject in beautiful soft light that will look extremely natural–perfect for shooting the rings at a wedding. Flashes can be affordable too, just take a look at this list! And when you’re ready for more, take a look at our lighting modifier guide.
Need extra help? Here’s a demonstration of how flash and apertures work together.
We’ve reviewed the Rogue Flash Benders and the Rogue Grid here on the site before, but today the company announced something else of monster proportions. This kit includes the new XL Pro FlashBender–which is larger than the previous large version. As it stands, we believe that the large reflector is one of the best upgrades for modern wedding photographers, but the XL may now take the cake. The new kit also includes the diffusion attachment which essentially turns the package into a small softbox by taking your flash’s light output, making it bounce to hit the white surface and then receive even more diffusion by passing through a translucent white attachment.
However, this time around you have the choice of a Strip Box Diffuser Attachment, Soft Box Diffuser Attachment, or Silver/Black Reflector Attachment (which will add extra specular highlights and really bring out the sharpness of your new lens.
Lighting intimidates every person getting into photography. It is a whole other skill to be learned but once you get into it, it can become addicting because of all the creative possibilities you open yourself up to. Relying on natural light can be great if you can get the right light. But as artists, we can always create our own. And to shape the light to get exactly the look that we want, we need modifiers. It is best to imagine light as a stream coming out of a hose. If you change the shape of the head and the direction, the stream itself also changes accordingly.
Or so…Remember our recent article on simulating acid trips using Rogue gels? Coincidentally, ExpoImaging has just introduced a series of Rogue Lighting Kits that come with all you could potentially need to take pictures like these. And more.
Take a good look at the photo above: there are four flashes in place. One on the right, two right in front of Avi and one on the chair on the left of the photo. The Rogue Gels were sent to me a while ago but I never had a really cool and creative idea to use them until I started to build my use of multiple flashes. Currently, I use two flashes on radio triggers with the other two being set to slave mode and being set off by those on radio triggers. Each flash in the photo was then gelled a different color.
To make the absolute best of the situation, I resorted to my old technique taught back in cinematography school: use one light at a time. So I set one flash off at a time and adjusted the intensity of each as the power steadily built up. Thankfully, Avi is one patient dude.