Lighting

Your Favorite New Travel-Friendly Beauty Dish

Posted by on Wednesday June 29, 2016 | Lighting

Learn how Grimes used the Rapid Box Beauty Dish to get this shot with the below Character-Driving Portrait tip.

Sponsored by Westcott Joel Grimes has spent more than 30 years honing his craft as a portrait and beauty photographer for top advertising clients. One of Canon’s Explorers of Light and a prolific workshop leader, he’s revered for his lighting expertise—a skill that’s taken him on assignment to more than 50 countries around the world.... More

Top Lights and Modifiers Built for Road Work

Posted by on Monday June 27, 2016 | Lighting

Portable lights and modifiers are a great asset for the traveling photographer, or for those tight on space in the studio. And while we’ve written roundups on the top lighting tools, like these seven key light modifiers for your studio and these 12 lights for stills and motion in the past, we thought we’d share a recent... More

Ultimate Mobility, Power, and Control with the Siros L (Sponsored)

Posted by on Monday May 23, 2016 | Lighting

(by Erik Valind) As a location photographer, there’s few things in life that I enjoy more then shooting at an amazing location, and then facing the unpredictable conditions that come with it. Due to the unpredictability of working outdoors, I’ve become a big lighting guy mostly out of necessity. Whether I’m dealing with scrims and... More

Sponsored: Kickstarter Deadline is Near! New SoftPanels LED Lights that Offer a Color Meter Built into Every Light

Posted by on Friday May 6, 2016 | Lighting

Hollywood, California – May 6th, 2016  – Time is running short for backing SoftPanels innovative new LED lights with a color meter built into every light. Their highly successful Kickstarter campaign, which is offering their breakthrough lights at a fraction of the price of traditional LED lights, will end at 1pm PST on Sunday, May... More

Peter Hurley on Helping a “Human of New York” and the Importance of a Go-To Lighting Kit

Posted by on Thursday December 10, 2015 | Lighting, Photo Gear

Sponsored by FJ Westcott Peter Hurley has a talent for capturing faces. The model-turned-photographer is known by many for his headshot work and popular YouTube headshot tutorials. But Hurley also has a knack for putting smiles on faces, too, as evidenced by a recent headshot session with New York City-based actor Richard Ryker. Hurley first... More

Mastering the Moment with Erik Valind

Posted by on Tuesday December 8, 2015 | Lighting, Photo Gear

Sponsored by Broncolor Walt Whitman coined the phrase “Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.” In photography, you often have to make your own miracles, constructing the moments of darkness and light to deliver a perfect exposure. New York City-based portrait and active-lifestyle photographer Erik Valind is no stranger to constructing these moments.... More

Elinchrom Adds Hi-Sync with New Transmitter, Quadra Flash Head

Posted by on Monday October 19, 2015 | Lighting, Photo Gear

  Elinchrom is introducing a new EL-Skyport Transmitter that lets photographers control and visualize power settings across their lights directly as well as delivering hi-sync shooting for a range of Elinchrom lights. The new Skyport HS transmitter will be available for Canon and Nikon cameras (a Sony model is also in the works). It features a visual interface that displays... More

The Perfect Portrait Formula: Peter Hurley’s Flex LED Lighting Setups for Men and Women

Posted by on Monday July 27, 2015 | Lighting, Photo Gear

Sponsored by Westcott Portrait photographer Peter Hurley has become famous for his headshots. His YouTube tutorials for posing have gone viral thanks to his simple, effective tips for photographers—and those who just want to look great in photos. Hurley’s lighting style evolved from a penchant for natural light, so he prefers a continuous light source on... More

Going Mobile: Light Creatively with Gear You Can Actually Carry

Posted by on Tuesday July 7, 2015 | Lighting, Photo Gear

Sponsored by ExpoImaging Packing and transporting location-lighting gear can take a toll on any photographer. As New York City-based freelance photographer Erik Valind explains, “When using bigger strobes and modifiers, the size and logistics of lugging gear around with you is often times enough of an excuse to leave everything at home.” Not one to... More

Obituary: Paul C. Buff, 78

Posted by on Tuesday March 24, 2015 | Lighting, Obituary

Paul Conrad Buff, founder of the lighting company that bears his name, passed away this week of unspecified causes. He was 78. While he best known in the photo industry for his low-cost lighting solutions, Buff also made his mark in the music industry. According to the Paul C. Buff website, Buff was the owner... More