Equipping The Outdoor Studio

The right lighting gear will allow you to take total control of lighting when your studio is the great outdoors
There are lots of reasons to make portraits outdoors. First and foremost, you avoid the expense and space requirements of setting up a studio. And since most studios are equipped with artificial lighting and modifiers, there’s a lot of gear to buy, too. Outdoors, however, you’re given the gift of one of the most powerful and beautiful light sources... Read more

In The Field With The Stella Pro 8000 And Stella Pro 5000 LED Lights

Waterproof battery-powered LED lights are wonders of compact and sturdy design.
The first impression of Light & Motion new Stella Pro portable lights is how small and light they are. They come in a soft padded stewardess case with orange trim and “Stella” tastefully embroidered on the side that would be right at home in a Wes Anderson movie. This combined with their diminutive size lends them an unserious air right from... Read more

Photography By Bike With A Good Light

With the Lustra 50, PRL has figured out LEDs so photographers don’t have to
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Last week in Seattle, on Tuesday, when I was writing about dreariness (I called it dreeping), it was three times darker than the solar eclipse. THREE TIMES, and that reminded me to share with you how I’m getting street shots, even on the darkest days. It’s the Lustra 50 light, and what you need to know is that PRL has figured out affordable high-quality... Read more

5 Pro Studio Gear Guides

From LED lighting to wireless flash to large-format printers, these solutions will maximize your productivity in the studio so you can deliver the image to your client
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From LED lighting to wireless flash to large-format printers, these solutions will maximize your productivity in the studio so you can deliver the image to your client. 1. The Mixed Studio If you’ve been to any photo trade show or video shoot recently, you may have seen a new lighting trend emerging: LED continuous lights. Read More… 2. Monolights... Read more

Monolights Cut The Cord

Go-anywhere battery-powered monolights are changing the way location photographers capture images
Broncolor Siros L Monolights are the unsung heroes of the studio photography world. While they’re compact and transportable, they’re less powerful than pack-based studio gear, and many studio photographers consider them to be a second-tier lighting solution because of the complexity of setting them up and triggering them. New battery-powered monolights... Read more

Westcott Skylux Light

Dependable, transportable LED lighting in a compact package
Westcott Skylux light
Emily Soto/Courtesy of Westcott Westcott’s Skylux is a deceptively small LED light that’s bright, compact, versatile and continues in the company’s tradition of making rock-solid photographic products with innovative design elements. The Skylux looks for all the world like a traditional, small monolight. More accurately, it looks like a lunchbox... Read more

A Constant Light: LED Lighting Solutions

Today’s LED lights are brighter, cheaper and better than ever, and ready for your studio
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The flash of a strobe is intertwined so closely with the identity of a photographer that it has always been the signal in entertainment that a character is a photographer. Think, for instance, of film-noir dramas, where a news reporter catches a shot of a mobster—their Speed Graphic camera is always seen with a large, round Graflex flashgun popping... Read more

DIY High-Power Video Or Still Light For Under $200

We made our own 11,200 lumen LED lighting solution that’s lightweight and durable. Check out the how-to video.
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We’re always looking for ways to save time and money in the studio, so we set out to see if we could create a low-budget but powerful lighting solution for photography and videography. After wandering the aisles of the local hardware store, we found materials that allowed us to create our very own studio lighting hack—an 11,200 lumen light that... Read more

Bright, Soft And Portable

LED lighting matures, giving a whole new set of possibilities
It’s odd to think that today’s LED lights—bright, low-power and lightweight—are related to the LED lights of the late 1960s and 1970s. Anyone of a certain age who suffered from insomnia or rolled into bed after a night of partying is familiar with the persistent, obnoxious glow of a bedside alarm clock. Who knew that the technology used to... Read more

Studio In The Wild

Battery powered lights have really come into their own. Here’s a rundown of great location lights that work even when you’re far afield.
Studio In The Wild
Want to bring studio lighting control into the great outdoors? You can, with a wide array of battery-powered location lighting tools. From small flashes to high-power strobes and LEDs, there’s a wealth of great options for bringing studio-style lighting to the most remote locations. Strobes When you think about going on location with strobes, the... Read more