Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The Location Shoot
Sophisticated light-shaping tools give you complete control over the image while using portable strobes and speedlights
Keep Your Flash CoolWhile monolights and studio strobe heads are either air- or fan-cooled, speedlights are not. Fully enclosing one inside a light-shaper, such as a softbox, may cause the unit to overheat when popped in rapid succession. To avoid the problem with shoe-mounts prone to this problem, you may have to slow down the pace of the shoot, use a bank with airflow panels, remove the enclosing front diffuser—or simply switch to a standard umbrella.
Beauty Dishes And Ring Lights. If you prefer a softer, yet edgy light, consider a beauty dish or ring light. The RPS Studio Speedlite Studio 12-inch BeautiDish comes complete with mounting hardware. Strobies also has a 12-inch dish (special bracket required).
|California Sunbounce Micro-Mini with Flash-Bracket|
Final ThoughtsThe upshot here is that you can plan a successful shoot without spending too much, arriving at your location without feeling stressed from schlepping too much gear and, most importantly, producing telling images—all with the judicious selection and use of the right light-shapers. The story doesn’t end there, of course. We also have to consider collapsible backdrops, reflectors, diffusers and other devices to help us make a visual statement on location....
ResourcesThis list of manufacturers and distributors includes those referenced here and others with products that we didn’t have room to mention by name. Flash manufacturers may have their own branded products designed exclusively for their products or which may be more widely applied.
|Paul C. Buff
HonlPhoto Speed Lighting System
Ray Flash, Rogue FlashBenders
Rime Lite (Dynalite)
RPS Studio (Dot Line)
Strobies (Interfit Photographic)
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