Lighting Reviews

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Steve Bedell  |  Jun 01, 2011  |  3 comments

I’m not an equipment snob. That applies to both cameras and lighting gear. I’ve always believed that it’s that gray matter in back of your eyeball that determines whether or not you get a decent image, not the price tag on your gear. I like fast lenses and dislike variable apertures, so I pay for them. With lighting equipment, higher prices usually mean more power, more features and flexibility, and better construction. With that in mind, let’s see what the very reasonably priced Genesis 300 B monolight ($399 with battery) from Calumet offers.

Jack Neubart  |  Nov 01, 2010  |  0 comments

I prefer to shoot macros and close-ups handheld, so, when I need to augment the existing light or replace it entirely, I look for a compact solution. And for me, that often means a ringlight. It’s a simple and undemanding yet effective tool. For my really tight close-ups at or near life-size, I set focus manually in advance so there’s no worry about the AF sensor trying to lock on...

Jack Neubart  |  Nov 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Interfit Photographic has introduced Strobies, a system approach to shoe-mount flash accessories. Strobies are designed to take many popular shoe-mount flashes and turn them into versatile lighting tools for studio and location use.

Chuck Gloman  |  Nov 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are a highly efficient way to provide additional illumination to your shot. Not only are they small and portable, but LEDs consume far less power than tungsten units, can last over 100,000 hours, and give off little or no heat. If you are looking for studio lights that are easily metered (because they can stay on all day), cool to the touch, color temperature...

Jack Neubart  |  Nov 01, 2010  |  0 comments

Every manufacturer has a slightly different take on how to do it and David Honl has come up with his own original solutions in the form of some nifty and very portable light shapers that fit practically any shoe-mount flash without recourse to special adapters.

Joe Farace  |  Nov 01, 2010  |  0 comments

As studio lights have gotten bigger and shoe-mount flashes more sophisticated, on-location photographers increasingly have reached for speedlights to solve lighting problems.

Jack Neubart  |  Jan 01, 2010  |  1 comments

New fluorescent and LED “cool” lights are on the scene, making serious headway into the realm of digital photography. Cool lights not only save energy, but they may be better suited in a variety of situations.

Jack Neubart  |  Nov 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Wow! That’s all I need to say about the new Nissin Di866 shoe-mount flash. This baby has to be experienced to be believed. I was impressed with the other flash units Nissin first sent me, but this new flash sets new standards in technology and user-friendliness. For starters, the Di866 features wireless TTL that lets me take advantage of the latest camera/flash exposure advances. Second, it...

Steve Anchell  |  Oct 01, 2009  |  0 comments

When I was operating a commercial studio in Hollywood, California, my prized possession was a Swiss-made Broncolor 2400 ws power pack and three lamp heads.

Jack Neubart  |  Oct 01, 2009  |  0 comments

When you need the power and versatility of a studio strobe for location shooting and environmental portraiture but don’t want to schlep around a large, heavy studio system, you can turn to a portable lighting kit.

Joe Farace  |  Oct 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Safari Luminations is a family of monolights and light-modification products aimed at the new shooter or someone getting started in studio photography.

Jack Neubart  |  Oct 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Nikon’s Speedlight SB-900 takes over the reins from the SB-800 as the company’s flagship dedicated shoe-mount strobe.

Ron Eggers  |  Oct 01, 2009  |  0 comments

On-camera flash units have been around for some 50 years and now they’ve become much more sophisticated with the development of D-SLRs.

Steve Bedell  |  Oct 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Like many photographers, I am always looking for lighting devices that will improve the way my subject looks and also be very easy to use.

Joe Farace  |  Oct 01, 2009  |  0 comments

The Mini/Max family consists of two light banks that fit on the front of your shoe-mount flash.

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