Need something new to try in your photos? Tired of the same old props? Why not try a grenade — a color smoke grenade, that is. Sure, smoke grenades aren’t anything new, but if you haven’t used them before, they’re new to you. [ Read More ]
Trying to replicate certain looks, especially from our favorite films, is a great way to enhance our skills as photographers, but it's not always as easy as it looks. Gavin Hoey from Adorama TV gives us some great tips on how to light a scene like a film noir. [ Read More ]
If you have ever found yourself wondering about basic home studio setups for your YouTube channel, look no further. In this crash course video for a home setup, we'll take a look at the fundamentals to get you up and running. [ Read More ]
For quite some time one of the only way to get color effects was through gels. However, the pain of having to carry around these different gels may be a thing of the past. The staff over at B&H tested out the Luxli’s new Timpani for color changing effects in still and video photography. [ Read More ]
In this short video from Crimson Engine, cinematographer and director Rubidium Wu takes you step by step through how he lights his closeups for video. [ Read More ]
In this article, I'm going to break down this dramatic lighting setup and explain why light placement and angle are important. [ Read More ]
Many of us own a five-in-one reflector of some sort, as they're cheap, versatile, and effective instruments. However, they're commonly misused, and this great video will help you learn to use them effectively to get the best results. [ Read More ]
You don't have to look very far to see how popular and effective the use of colored light is in both still and moving image projects. Add these 10 lighting setups to your creative arsenal before your next video or photoshoot. [ Read More ]
A lot of the time, being a photographer is less about pressing the shutter and more about being a creative problem-solver. This video demonstrates how a bit of ingenuity helped to create a convincing backdrop when the photographer couldn't find the location he wanted. [ Read More ]
I use flashes a lot in my photography, whether a speedlite or in the studio with some big strobes and modifiers. But this is the first time I have ever used a drone-mounted flash. [ Read More ]
The Hong Kong-based camera equipment company Cactus has launched the new RQ250, a 250Ws, Li-ion-powered TTL wireless monolight that is tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The flash has a power output equal to 3.5 ordinary speedlights, and it offers TTL and HSS support for 8 major camera brands: Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma, and Sony. “With its frosted diffuser disc and uni-body reflector, the RQ250 is ready to be used straight away,” Cactus says. “Designed to reduce the undesirable hot spot effect, the round head diffusion disc creates a pleasing light quality
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The Westcott SkyLux LED is a studio light that offers lots of power in LED form, meaning no heat. It's a versatile light that can work for both photos and video, and today only, you can get it for half off. [ Read More ]
One of the most profitable pieces of equipment a professional photographer can own is also one of the least used today. It can be simple to use while being relatively affordable to purchase and can elevate your lighting immediately. [ Read More ]
After mastering the one light setup, you can move onto the three light setup which is commonly used and is one of the basic principles of portrait photography. If you’re lighting people for headshots or for interviews,
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Ready to finally learn how to easily set up three-point lighting for your portraits? Watch this. [ Read More ]
The new extension head for the Godox/Flashpoint 600 PRO is heavier than expected. The solid and sturdy metal swivel mount contributes a lot to that extra weight. The cable is also shorter than the ones of its excellent predecessors, the H600 and H1200. While the increased weight and the shorter cable are issues that I can, for the most part, live with, I am quite disappointed about the performance of the new head. A slight loss of output power due to the cable extension is obviously normal. But, I am not sure if the ergonomic advantages of using this remote
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When you're just starting with artificial lighting, one of the first things you'll run into is the issue of sync speed. There are a couple ways around this, and this helpful video talks about them. [ Read More ]