Photographers Need a Hot Shoe Flash with More Power

For over the past decade, every lighting guru has told us to take the flash out of the hot shoe. You’ll probably recognize a few key names if you’ve been around for a while. David Hobby, the Strobist, probably taught all of us how to light. Syl Arena probably taught us all how to shape the light. And Dustin Diaz, the man from Flickr himself, taught us all what’s possible. They all took the hot shoe flash out of the hot shoe and out it onto a light stand. But there are situations where a hot shoe flash is handy in the hot shoe. And overall, they need more power.

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The Reasons Why LEDs Won’t Beat Flash Photography, Yet

If I had a nickel for every marketing rep who told me the industry is moving away from strobes and towards LEDs, I’d be rich. LEDs are great. They are easier to work with if you’re indoors as they offer tons of control over the light. They’re also great if you’re shooting outdoors at night. But the truth is that not everything happens at that time. You can sit there and spend hours in Photoshop editing an image to fix the exposure and introduce lighting that wasn’t there, but then it looks fake. Most of all, you’re turning a three-hour photography session into an even longer process. Why do we have to work excessively for the shot?

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Rod Evans Spins Lights Around People Under Stellar Skies

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“I am actually a little bit OCD when it comes to getting things right”, says Australian photographer Rod Evans about his attention to detail in photography. Enraptured by the night sky after stopping by the roadside during a drive in 2015, he now blends light painting with scenic night sky locations across the country. Rod uses some familiar and some outright unusual tools for creating his photographs. All of which we’re going to take a look at in this in-depth interview.

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Prakash Pancholi Shows us how to Literally Paint With Light

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“The fun starts when you combine both the ambient exposure and your drawing in the image”, says Prakash Pancholi, who resides in Dubai. An airline fleet superintendent by profession, Prakash spends his spare time crafting light painting tools in his home to use in his elaborately planned, slow shutter images. What started as a hobby kicked off by accidental light exposure in one of his images turned into a passion that evolved into a portfolio.

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The Truth About Constant Light vs Flash for Photographers

Which side are you on with Constant Light vs Flash?

If you are struggling to use more than just natural light, we’ve got just the thing. Many people these days reach for constant light. Tons of YouTube videos show you how to use it. But proper photography needs more than that. Does this mean you can’t shoot great photos with Constant light? You totally can! I don’t know about you, but I can’t name any lifelong photographers who’ve only used constant lighting. I’ve even seen the great Peter Hurley use strobes. But I can name a ton who’ve used flash! And in this cheat sheet, we’ll break constant light vs flash down further for you.

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The Price on the Elinchrom ELM8 LED Will Boggle You, and Us

No doubt the Elinchrom ELM8 LED will be a great continuous light, but my wallet has been in hiding since I heard about it’s price.

The old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ doesn’t have as much of an effect on people these days as it did back when many companies had shady manufacturing processes. However, some think there’s an added value that can be placed on a name. With prices of photography-related gear descending, it always makes your eyes water when you see the prices of some of the new gear that’s hitting the street. Enter the Elinchrom ELM8 LED – a small, continuous light source that costs as much as some cameras. Join us after the break for details about the light, and to see why we think it’s time for marketing companies to stop scaring our wallets. Continue reading…

Four Accessories for Light Painting Photographers

Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 first impressions photos (17 of 19)

When it comes to painting with light, what photographers obviously need are tripods, a camera capable of manual operation, lights and a creative vision. Lots of photographers use tools like flashlights, light sabers, and industrial worklights–but there are so many other tools out there that you can get your hands on. These tools will also let you create more intricate designs and will let you have lots of fun while doing it.

In the end, the goal is to look at an image with a sense of excitement at what you’ve created. Here’s what you need.

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Patrick Rochon’s Inspired Light Involves 2,520 LEDs and Beautiful Cars

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All images by Patrick Rochon. Used with permission.

Photographer Patrick Rochon has done many awesome shoots involving LED lights, long exposures and flash. He’s done Super Chromatic, Jedi battles, and work for Red Bull. But his latest creation has to be one of the coolest that we’ve seen. It’s called Inspired Light, and was done in collaboration with Infiniti Motors. Again, Patrick is stating that the images are done in-camera with a single image and not digitally manipulated.

Weeks of measuring, mapping, planning, and trial & error apparently went into this shoot with each car took four experienced technicians four hours to rig, while the prototype took several days.

“Each QX70 has 59 feet, or 18 metres, of LED strips, carefully fixed in place.” says Patrick. “The car remained completely intact, all lighting modifications were designed to be installed & removed with out damaging anything. Power supplies and wiring were all carefully concealed in the interior, with a switch as the only visible addition.”

Patrick also states that each car has a total of 2,520 LEDs with output exceeding 30,000 lumens (the amount of visible light emitted).

When we asked about the inspiration, Patrick told the Phoblographer “I think it’s basically a new version of how I see the world. I think all of us are making light and are leaving a trace behind.
All we do and create leaves a trace of light in the universe. Even our bodies are emitting photons and that is scientifically shown to us. So the Infiniti project we call Inspired Light is there to create beautiful light in the universe.”

A video and more photos are after the jump.

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