Lighting Reviews

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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.

Joe Farace  |  Aug 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Everybody knows the best way to light macro-sized subjects is with a ringlight, right? But el problemo is that ringlights produce flat-looking lighting.

Stan Sholik  |  Jun 01, 2009  |  0 comments

AC-powered electronic flash units fall into two distinct categories: systems with a power pack to which individual heads are connected, and self-contained units where the power unit is a part of the head itself.

Joe Farace  |  Dec 01, 2008  |  0 comments

“Something you threw together in crafts class, Princess?”—Buck Rogers in the 25th century

 

As a kid during the 1950s, I had one of the last Buck Rogers ray guns produced. These were actually flashlights made by Norton Honer but were designed to look like Buck’s ray gun. It’s only fitting that ExpoImaging’s Ray Flash ringlight converter projects light as...

Jack Neubart  |  Dec 01, 2008  |  0 comments

A monolight makes entering the world of studio flash photography as painless as possible. Before long you’ll find that this studio strobe will be as easy to use as your shoe-mount flash (perhaps easier) and provide undreamt of creative possibilities. Some monolights make the transition much easier. Enter the digital Interfit Stellar XD.

 

The Stellar XD is a...

Joe Farace  |  Oct 01, 2008  |  0 comments

I have been using Westcott's light banks and umbrellas for glamour, fashion, and portraiture almost since the company entered the photographic business and have always been impressed by their quality and value. Previously I used their rugged and flexible Spiderlite family of hot and cold continuous lighting products and now they've introduced a line of monolights built...

Jack Neubart  |  Oct 01, 2008  |  0 comments

I've had many opportunities to work with battery-operated studio strobe systems. My problem with them was that they were heavy and bulky, not powerful enough, or simply too costly. Then I came upon the Opus Pro OPL-L300 location kit. I immediately noted that the 300 ws monolights were compact. Then I hefted the battery pack. Hmm, not bad, I thought. I could actually carry...

Jack Neubart  |  Oct 01, 2008  |  0 comments

A monolight (or monobloc, in some circles) is a self-contained strobe--and possibly the best way to get started in studio lighting. Self-contained means it does not require an external power pack to control its various functions with all the controls housed in the body. Most monolights plug into an AC outlet, although a few are driven by a separate, external battery pack. You...

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