I like to work with plain speedlites. Usually a speedlite is zoomable which gives you the ability to form the light. But often this is not enough. More light modifies are needed. If you want to restrict the light you can attach a lot of DIY items to a flash. Starting with a piece of paper and ending with a bunch of straws. Sure they work even if you have to reensemble them every time you use them. If you need reliable stuff DIY is not an option. As for the gels I decided to go for the Honl Photo Professional Lighting System. This time I'll tell you about the light modifiers I use. More after the jump.
Maybe you read my review about the Tamrac Expedition 8. It is a large camera backpack but I did not take it with me very often. So I was in the market for a new backpack. I choose the Think Tank Photo StreetWalker HardDrive. Why? I'll explain it in this article.
Speedlites and wireless radio triggers need power. Usually the power is provided by AA or AAA batteries. Using rechargeable batteries is cost-efficient and environmentally friendly. But buying rechargeable batteries is by far not enough. A very good charger is necessary too. This article will present the three models I use.
Searching for a new camera backpack? Should it be a large one? Should it be an even larger one? Have a look at the Tamrac Expedition 8. This is a huge backpack, very well padded and simply gorgeous. Details after the jump.
DIY is a common method for creating gels for your speedlite. Buy some gels, cut them to the right size and find a way to mount them to your speedlite. I did this a couple of times before. But if you have to rely on your stuff then the DIY method is sometimes annoying. Because of this I was in the market to find some new gear which is rock solid and convenient. I decided to go for gels from the Honl Photo Professional Lighting System. This article describes my findings about it. More after the jump.
The Pixl King and Pixel Opas units are meant to be compatible. You can trigger a speedlite mounted to an Opas transceiver using the King transmitter. While this is working perfectly with my 7D I've got trouble with my 5DMKII. Read more after the jump.
The Jinbei Easy Softbox is a foldable softbox which can be used with speedlites. It doesn't need much space and it is ready in just a couple of minutes. Everything you need to attach a light stand and the speedlite is included.
I was searching for a replacement of my old RF-602 radio triggers. The RF-603 are no option because of the missing ability to mount them directly to a light stand and the disability to fix the transmitter to the cameras hot shoe.
After a little research I found the Pixel Opas triggers. They are manual radio triggers and offer some benefits.