How to Create Drama With Speedlights

How to Create Drama With Speedlights 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 ]

A Simple Home Studio Setup for YouTube

A Simple Home Studio Setup for YouTube 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 ]

Cactus RQ250 is a Tiny 250Ws Battery-Powered TTL Wireless Monolight

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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Here’s an Intro to Three-Point Lighting for Portraits

Here’s a 9-minute introduction to the three-point lighting setup! If you haven’t seen our video about portrait lighting, we go over five portrait lighting positions and what type of emotion you can get from those positions. So this is a follow up to that lesson and I recommend you watch it before diving into this one! You can watch that 15-minute video here:
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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A First Look at the Godox/Flashpoint XP600 Pro Extension Head

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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