For my first shoot with the Impact LiteTrek Kit, I wanted to see just how small of a kit I could bring while still having the power of the studio with me. I decided to do the shoot in an abandoned factory and bike there with my model. I packed the Kit along with my Nikon D300 with my Tamron lens and Sekonic lightmeter, the Impact PowerSync Wireless, a set of 7″ grids and my most portable stand.
I love light. Without it, we can’t create photographs. The more light we have available to us and the better we can control it the greater the possibilities to express ourselves through our photos. Because of this I became a studio photographer. However, studios become boring unless you can build complex sets or have the budgets to hire people to. Sometimes I mix it up with location shoots, but the problem there is that I lose a lot of the control of light that I enjoy in the studio. Can I have both?
The Impact Powersync16s are a reliable, well built, and powerful wireless trigger set for those that want wireless flash control at a decent price. I’ve been testing them for a short period and though I do not feel like I’ve given them a full run-through yet, they are definitely something worth talking about again.
Like most point and shoot cameras, the built in flash in the Olympus PEN and the Panasonic GF series leaves something to be desired. I own a GF-1 and I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve used the built in flash…and I would have a few fingers to spare. Small built-in flashes are too close to the lens and usually produce harsh light that is anything but flattering to most subjects. Well, Gary Fong thinks he has a solution for you Micro Four Thirds (M43) users and it’s called the Micro Four Thirds Puffer. We did a review on this previously for Nikon cameras.
So are the ExpoImaging Rogue Flash Benders the best flash modifiers ever? Many photographers would say so, and to be quite honest I couldn’t find a single fault with them. Bendable, pliable, shapable, versatile: the Rogue Flash Benders let you really harness the light output from your flash and give the strobist some of the best control I’ve ever seen. Let’s review what we’ve done.
I’ve grown smitten with Beauty Dishes as of late. For those of you that don’t know, a Beauty Dish is a light modifier that takes light firing into the back of the dish, reflects it against a plate, and then reflects it against a white dish to spread the light out evenly. When I tested out the Strobros, I knew that I had to have more. So with some inspiration from Todd Owyoung and DIYPhotography‘s Editor Udi Tirosh’s book previously reviewed here, I set out to use existing items to make a Beauty Dish work with my Canon speedlite on the cheap.
We got the Photojojo Ring Flash Adapter in for review last night, and today I took it on a bit of an excursion. I had a busy day in and out of the office, and despite this I got some time to experiment with this item and give it a bit of a run through.
Edit: The real name is the Go Pro Ring Flash Adapter
The Impact Strobros Beauty Dish is a bit of a weird item, but it’s still very useful for what it does. Primarily used in portraiture, beauty dishes mimic the look of a softbox. What’s special about them though is that it is easier to change the color temperature of the light: which is easily done by switching out the disk in the middle of the dish. With that said, it isn’t an item for everyone and this review was actually a very big learning experience.
The belief that more or less light will change the qualities of your photo is a common misconception. Here I will show you through 3 simple photos that this is not true.
We gave you guys the intro to the Rogue Flashbenders a while back. Usually, the staff here at The Phoblographer wait for shoots, jobs, or assignments to test the more professional gear. The Rogue Flashbenders fit perfectly into this category. I recently used them to photograph an event happening at work.
Some reviews require studio time. This is one of them. We are talking a look at Impact Cool Light IX Nine Lamp Fluorescent Flood Light and the lights of Impact EX100 Ultimate Creative Portrait Kit (120VAC). Euan Henry, my photography mentor, hosted me and my friend John Perez at his place Red Cedar Studio in Philadelphia, Pa. Red Cedar Studio is a 4500 square foot studio, 4000 sq ft of shooting area split into two halves, the proper space needed to set up these lights and their light stands. Continue reading…
We previously reviewed the Orbis, which was a terrific all-in-one ring flash and softbox. But now we’ve got our fondling fingers on the ExpoImaging Ray Flash. Though it has a much different design, the unit is still proving so far to be very capable in tests (which are still on-going at the time of writing this posting.)
After reviewing the Gary Lightsphere Collapsible and being very impressed with its usage in practical photography situations, the Gary Fong Origami ended up at my doorstep for review/keeps. It’s a very unique item unlike anything I’ve seen before. When I was being shown a demo of the unit back at Photo Plus, I looked at the unit in complete confusion saying to myself, “How the heck am I supposed to use this?”
Nikon offers a wide range of flashes, ranging from the cute SB-400 to this powerhouse SB-900. Packed with every conceivable feature for consistent and creative strobe photography, the SB-900is Nikon’s best flash to date and an awesome photographic tool. Read on for the results from our long term test. Continue reading…
The Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsibleis a product that has been used on and off again in The Phoblographer’s postings, but one that has never received a full, proper field review. Called by many to be nothing more than a Chinese soupbowl, my tests have proven that if it is, it is one hell of a versatile one. It has been tested at events, part of a wedding and a concert. Let’s dive right in, here is the full field review.
A full review of the Orbis is coming, but I recently shot a wedding using it. How did it fare? Very well actually. It’s amazing how subjects tend to react when seeing a ring flash vs the standard flashes that they’re so used to seeing professionals carry. Here are some samples.