Digital Photo

Digital Photo Fall 2017

Digital Photo explores the exciting world of digital photography and technology. Every issue features the latest news, step-by-step instructions, evaluations of the latest equipment, photography tips from the pros and more.

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Madavor Media, LLC
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1 min.
editor's note

I’m not sure why so many photographers are so hesitant to incorporate lighting into their shoots. Sure, understanding things like watt/seconds and flash duration can be intimidating, at first, and all the various modifiers make it seem like you need a master’s degree just to light someone’s face. But all lighting, be it continuous or strobe, is really simple at its core purpose and function—getting better illumination for a subject. Despite differences in gear, once you’ve understood the basics of lighting, you can pick up any strobe and continuous light anywhere, and use it to improve a scene, just like if you understand the fundamentals of photography, you can pick up any brand of camera and take good pictures. The dials and knobs might work differently from brand to brand, but…

7 min.
studio lighting

Studio lighting, both flash and continuous, tends to be larger with separate power sources, it’s less portable and, often, it’s more expensive. These power packs and strobe units pay off in power, however, allowing photographers to shoot at virtually any ƒ-stop with fast recycling times and no fear of draining their batteries. The shooting space for a studio doesn’t have to be restricted to an artist’s loft or a rented space with cappuccino machines at the ready. A garage or spare room can be quickly converted into a functioning space for high-end-looking imagery. I started my career using my living room as a studio with the help of a background stand, three seamlesses—white, black and gray—and one Dynalite power pack where I could plug in three strobe heads. It’s amazing what…

2 min.

DYNALITE RP800 POWER PACK The 800w/s Road series pack is powerful and versatile for a variety of studio and location work.Two full/half/quarter power switches provide seven power settings. It has three head outlets, breaks down output symmetrically or asymmetrically over a 6-stop range and recycles at a fast 1.2 seconds at full power.Triggering options include a 16-foot Phono to PC sync cord and an IR or optical slave. It’s compatible with most radio remote systems. Price: $999. Website: dynalite.com FLASHPOINT BUDGET 160W/S The Flashpoint Budget studio monolight, which is available in 120w/s, 160w/s and 300w/s versions, can fire at 1/8,1/4, 1/2 and full-flash intensities with a recycle time of 4 to 6 seconds.The 2-pound strobe emits a 5600° Kelvin color temperature flash triggered by its 12-foot sync cable, firing another flash via a built-in…

3 min.
rotolight aeos

Until now, photographers had to choose between flash lighting and continuous lighting, each with their strengths and weaknesses. Flash systems have bright, high-power output and are usually lightweight, but it’s hard to previsualize the way that strobe lighting will look in the final image. Continuous lighting is always on, so it’s easier to see if the lighting is right, but the systems don’t have as high-powered output, and they tend to be heavier and hotter. LED lighting solutions have started to bring new technologies to the market, thanks to the light weight of LEDs, their low-temperature operation and the ability to adjust their color and output with incredible accuracy. Photographers and videographers can finally work with lightweight, bright and, most importantly, accurate light in systems that are easier to transport and…

14 min.
portable lighting

While studio photography has a large assortment of lighting and grip equipment at the ready, photographing on location with strobes or continuous lighting kits tends to put the photographer in a run-and-gun mode, where they have to get carefully selected and packed portable setups into position quickly to get the shot under ever-changing conditions. My goal when using artificial light is to get the most out of the subject, whether it’s by softening shadows or creating harder ones in a realistic way. Lighting on location is a balancing act of existing ambient light and what you introduce into the scene. If done well, it can add to or save a shot; if not, it can have just the opposite effect. Since it’s not always possible to be at the right place at…

3 min.

AEOS BY ROTOLIGHT While most LED lighting solutions provide a nice constant light, the AEOS from Rotolight does double duty as a strobe system as well, all in the same package.The unit can flash at 200% of the continuous LED output, with absolutely no recharge time, and can fire as fast as any modern camera can capture images.The unit is dead-simple to operate thanks to the intuitive LED panel and dual dials on the rear of the system. Multiple units can be connected together and triggered at the same time. Thanks to the high-quality LED elements, the unit has incredible color accuracy. Price: $999. Website: rotolight.com ALIENBEES B1600 This monolight flash from Paul C. Buff has adjustable output from full power (640w/s) down to 1/32 of the total power (20w/s). Flash power is adjusted…