Judging from the name of the new Phottix Para-Pro umbrella, one would think that it is a parabolic. In fact, many companies say that their umbrellas are parabolic. In fact, a parabolic umbrella is one that allows you to shape the throw of the light–and many use it to just market the fact that the throw can look like that of a parabolic umbrella. The company now has a brand new reflective interior umbrella listed on their site, and they’re stating that it will provide snappy highlights. Indeed, most silver umbrellas do this.
They’re available in a 72″, 60″ or 40″ size. The latter is guaranteed to give you some incredibly beautiful light output. Prices will be available within a couple of days.
If you ask anyone in the photo industry what Manfrotto is best known for, they’d probably tell you their tripods. That isn’t to say at all that they make awful bags though. Earlier in the year, we saw a couple of new bags from the company–and amongst the ones that we’ve been testing for a while is the Shoulder Bag 30. The 30 is a camera bag that is obviously meant to be a shoulder bag, but also meant to be placed somewhere in the middle. As the numbers get larger, so do the bags.
And even though we weren’t so sold on the 30 when we first got it in, we eventually warmed up to it. Now, we’re actually quite impressed with the way it works in real life.
We all know the hassle with taking pictures of the latest fashion trends for our glossy magazines and designer outlet e-stores, right? No, not really. We don’t have a clue, because we’re not running a fashion e-commerce. But apparently, those that do are in dire need of a dedicated studio solution, according to a company from the Netherlands. They invented the StyleShoots, which is a dedicated, stand-alone, all-in-one photo studio for fashion e-commerces. And what the thing does is amazing. Not only does it take pictures with a built in Canon 5D Mk II, it also makes them ready for publishing by analyzing the structures and adding a true alpha-transparency background–something that can take quite a while if you have to do it by hand (second-assistant underscan rotoscopers will know what I’m talking about.) Finally, for extra convenience, the whole thing is operated by touch via an iPad.
So, if you’re running a fashion e-commerce and need to find a solution for the time-consuming editing process of your product shots, why not pay them a visit at their new NYC showroom? Details on the StyleShoots website.
Sigma’s DP line of point and shoots have never really caught on with the public. The cameras have always exhibited exceptional low ISO abilities and some extremely detailed and chromatically-rich RAW files. But the high ISO performance has generally been deemed as unacceptable by many reviewers across the web. With that said though, one could probably think of the Sigma DP3 Merrlill as a medium format point and shoot with a smaller sensor–this is due to the high megapixel count with the Foveon sensor. Further, modern medium format cameras all do quite poorly at high ISOs and this end the images are often converted to black and white. Sigma very subtly encourages this with their new Monochrome mode in Sigma Photo Pro–the company’s software needed to edit the RAW files.
But then you consider the fact that the camera also has a fixed 50mm f2.8 lens–effectively rendering a 75mm field of view and then you say, “what?” The DP3 is meant to complement the DP1 and DP2 Merrill; and by itself it is a little bit out of place of the conventional thought of a high end point and shoot user.
LightCraft Workshop has produced some very good variable ND filters that were all rated very highly on this site. Recently, they released their DigiPro HD line–which they state as having better optical qualities and better ergonomics than their previous lines. Specifically branded as the HD line, this means that videographers would probably be the ones to take the most advantage of this filter. However, ND filters have long been used by not only landscape photographers, but portrait photographers as well.
So how does it perform when used with a monolight?
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Do you see that right there? That is one way that Spider Holster is saying that you can use their new Spider Monkey. This is a brand new product that is bring introduced at WPPI 2013. For those not familiar, this company was originally made famous by their Spider Holster, which we’ve tested and many staffers actually really like. But if you check out the video after the jump, you’ll see one of the biggest no-nos for any speedliter. Ever! Syl Arena might have a heart attack.
Now, this new product is meant specifically for accessories and they explicitly state not to put your camera bodies on it. But personally, I’d go for the HoldFast Gear [PHOTO]Belt and know that I’ve got a bit more security. Speedlites are expensive anyway! It seems like they’re also specifically targeting this at studio shooters since a light meter is shown off too.
Check out their quick intro video after the jump; and try not to cringe.