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Seth Shostak  |  Oct 10, 2016  |  0 comments

For decades, soft light has been the bee’s knees for portrait photography. It’s flattering, pleasant to look at, and undistracting.

Joe Farace  |  Oct 10, 2016  |  0 comments

In contemporary lighting equipment there are trends and there are fads with some gear seemingly having equal parts of both. And they just aren’t boxes of light anymore; they are lightsabers, small studio lights with big output, and everywhere you look it’s LED lighting in every size, shape, and price.

Jack Neubart  |  Sep 27, 2016  |  0 comments

Joe McNally learned the value of supplementing available light with flash early on in his career as a photojournalist. Currently a Nikon Ambassador who works mainly as a commercial/editorial portrait photographer, McNally has become a staunch advocate for the use of Nikon Speedlights on location, often using these small flashes off camera in multiple lighting setups. McNally even mixes his Speedlights with studio strobes on occasion when the situation warrants.

Ron Leach  |  Sep 22, 2016  |  0 comments

PocketWizard has just made their FlexTT5 TTL radio remote system available to users of Panasonic’s mirrorless cameras. When used with the Panasonic DMW-FL360L and DMW-FL580L flash units, the FlexTT5 TTL enables a full range of flash sync speeds up to 1/8000. 

Ron Leach  |  Jun 29, 2016  |  0 comments

When Cactus introduced its V6 wireless flash transceiver it created a lot of buzz because of an affordable price and it’s cross-brand compatibility. The company's newest model, the V6 II, offers all that and more; specifically, high-speed synchronization and compatibility with Fujifilm cameras (and the original five brands).

Ron Leach  |  Apr 18, 2016  |  0 comments

Reuben Wu is an artist with the fascinating vision of creating otherworldly landscape photographs that evoke both science fiction and 19th century Romantic paintings. He does this by selectively light-painting his scenes with a powerful done-mounted light.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 18, 2016  |  0 comments

Fotodiox has unveiled the Pro Flapjack LED Ring Light kit offering photographers soft, beautiful lighting with minimal setup, a variety of mounting options, and a custom-fitted carrying case with shoulder strap. The versatile unit runs on either AC power or rechargeable batteries, both of which are included in the kit.

Joe Farace  |  Feb 05, 2016  |  0 comments

LED lighting is all the rage with the cool kids and why not? It’s continuous and that’s important for new photographers or anyone wishing to capture hybrid—video and still—imagery. It’s also literally cool, with no eyebrow-melting hot lights making subjects uncomfortable.

Dan Havlik  |  Jan 27, 2016  |  1 comments

Phew, what a busy month it’s been for new photo gear! While the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has not, traditionally, been a major event to debut high-end photography equipment, CES 2016 was definitely an exception with dozens of interesting imaging releases. (And hopefully this is a trend that continues at future CES events, which, in recent years have been rather ho-hum for photography gear.)

Joe Farace  |  Jan 15, 2016  |  0 comments

Phottix’s 500 watt-second Indra500 TTL Studio Light merges speedlight and monolight technologies and is controlled by the company’s Odin TTL Flash Trigger that works with Canon and Nikon SLRs. (Indra is the Hindu warrior god of sky and rain.)

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 05, 2016  |  0 comments

Along with big ticket items such as the Nikon D5 and D500 DSLRs, along with the new Nikon KeyMission 360 action camera, Nikon also unveiled a new flash at the CES 2016 show today: the Nikon SB-500 Speedlight.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Dec 31, 2015  |  0 comments

KILLSPENCER’s Van Styles Special Edition Camera Straps: KILLSPENCER and Van Styles have teamed up to create two new special edition camera wrist straps. Skillfully handcrafted in KILLSPENCER’s Los Angeles workshop, the product merges functionality with the beauty of minimalist design. The KILLSPENCER x Van Styles Camera Wrist Strap is crafted from durable, stylish black leather and embossed with Van’s logo in two color options: Noir and Gilded. 

Dan Havlik  |  Nov 18, 2015  |  0 comments

In a short press announcement this morning, Nikon said it's developing a forthcoming full frame (aka FX-format) professional DSLR called the Nikon D5. The D5 would be the follow-up to the 16-megapixel full frame Nikon D4S, which was announced in February 2014.

Steve Bedell  |  Oct 27, 2015  |  0 comments

I had the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks with the Profoto B2 Location Kit. Said kit contains one power supply with two batteries, two flash heads, a carrying bag, and more. Profoto also sent me a bunch of light-shaping tools to experiment with.

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