It might be easier just to stick with natural lighting for portraiture, but there are times when a portrait needs more mood than the standard light or on-camera flash can provide. The on-camera flash is a great and portable way to brighten up a scene, whether it’s in the studio or on location. Combining it with a wireless flash trigger opens up many doors for creativity and allows a photographer more control over the results.
Wireless flash triggers are usually configured in two parts: a transmitter, which is mounted on the camera—
Except for the new flagship OM SYSTEM OM-1 Mirrorless Camera (formerly Olympus), there haven’t been many major camera announcements thus far in 2022, so we thought for this episode of the B&H Photography Podcast we’d start an introductory conversation about photo accessories and the wide range of
Profoto has released the Clic Softbox Octa, a new light-shaping tool for photographers working with A-range flashes. Ideal for close portraits and still lifes, this portable modifier assembles in a snap and folds up for easy carry and storage.
Profoto Clic Softbox Octa
Sony’s latest full-frame mirrorless camera, the Alpha a7 IV, seeks to redefine what it means to be an all-around full-frame mirrorless camera. Inheriting a BIONZ XR image processor and AI-based AF from Sony’s Alpha 1 flagship camera while unveiling an all-new 33MP Exmor R image sensor, the a7 IV promises to be an attractive mid-tier entry into Sony’s full-frame mirrorless system. With special attention paid to advancing photo and video functionality, the a7
We have been looking forward to this conversation for weeks. On today’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we sit down with retired Detective 1st Grade Michael Cunningham, of the New York City Police Department, to talk about crime-scene unit photography. Cunningham is an expert on crime-scene photography and forensics—in addition to his twenty-seven years with the NYPD, he has worked as a trainer for the
For the longest time, the differences in weight, size, power, and recycling times between speedlights and monolights were glaring, but this is no longer the case. Technologically, speedlights and monolights have become increasingly sophisticated, most notably in their respective TTL and wireless capabilities. At the same time, smaller and lighter monolights have been coming to market,
Profoto has unveiled the Pro-11 2400 AirTTL Power Pack, adding AirX connectivity as well as a variety of internal and external design upgrades to its flagship power pack. A familiar sight on fashion, action, and high-speed photo sets, Profoto’s power packs have earned their namesake, providing dependable, top-tier performance on some of the most demanding jobs in the photo industry. Capable of firing as fast as 1/80,000 second, the Pro-11 is equipped
Canon has announced Version 2 of its Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT, adding a handful of features to the wireless remote. The new version will now include wireless rear curtain synchronization for creative capture of moving subjects, an extended minimum output of 1/8192 for refining flash power, and FE memory for recalling settings for repeated use.
The new ST-E3-RT maintains the same physical design and operability as its
In reflecting back on his long and varied career, photographer Lou Jones says, “In art, I think that you're pushed and pulled in a direction. And being a black artist, especially a black photographer, a lot of my decisions were based upon survival.”
To insure his survival over the past 50 years, the Boston-based Jones has mastered everything from corporate/industrial and advertising assignments to Olympic sports, photojournalism, and, perhaps most notably, self-assigned long-term projects. Starting from his earliest behind-the-scenes portraits
The Godox AD100Pro Pocket Flash is designed for photographers in need of a compact off-camera strobe that doesn’t skimp on features. Compatible with its 2.4 GHz wireless system, and adaptable to an extensive range of modifiers, this 100Ws light maintains all of the creative possibilities of its larger AD siblings at a fraction of the size. Nearly as small as a can of soda, it is the perfect light for portrait, street, fashion, event, and
The holiday season is a time for lights, but it can also be a time to delve into lighting as a tool, especially if you’re a photographer. Photography is all about light, and knowing how to use it, shape it, and control it gives you that much more command over your photo practice. Especially during wintertime, when the days are shorter, it’s the perfect time to hone your lighting skills or help out a budding photographer you know with these lighting gifts.
1. The Intro 2-Light Kit
The introductory lighting kit is a lot like buying a camera and
Canon has announced a new powerful on-camera flash unit with a xenon bulb for consistent output and a rechargeable Li-ion battery that will enable up to 335 flashes per charge. Designed for professionals and advanced amateurs, the Canon Speedlite EL-1 provides a Guide Number of 197' at ISO 100 and 200mm, which is comparable to that of the 600EX II-RT Speedlite.
One of the most effective ways to improve your portraiture is by controlling the light, and one of the most effective ways to control your light is to move it. Seems like a simple enough concept, but it can be daunting at first, especially if you’re using a speedlight or an on-camera flash. Despite its misleading name, an on-camera flash can, very easily, be used off the camera. The “on-camera” part simply refers to its form factor and ability to be
The creative photographer can produce a seemingly endless range of images using just one light source. This article is designed to help beginners choose a one-light kit perfect for creating portraits.
Why One Light?
I completely understand why multi-light “studio in a box” kits are tempting to beginner and budget-conscience photographers. Why spend hundreds of dollars on one light when you can get three lights complete with modifiers and stands for the same price? The answer is twofold: quality and necessity. While I am all for finding budget-