Need a new softbox but don’t want to break the bank? Steve Aves takes a closer look at the new StroBean Strip Light, a versatile softbox ideal for portraiture
If you think that flash is only for indoors, think again. Mixed with daylight it can bring star quality to an outdoor portrait. Indeed, much of the location portraiture that fills magazines and supplements relies for its impact on a careful blend of flash and available light. In Part Two we look at how to achieve this…
Whether you have a single flashgun or a portable studio system, you can dramatically improve the look of your outdoor portraits by mixing flash with daylight.
In the first two parts of this series I discussed the technical aspects of field studio photography and the equipment you need to make these remarkable images. Let’s look now at particular aspects of working with the three main subject groups: plants; small terrestrial animals and underwater subjects.
New photographic techniques normally involve at least some investment and field studio work is no different. But the cost of entry is low and greater investment buys convenience rather than superior images. We’ll look at the equipment and sets you will need for three main subject groups: plants, invertebrates and underwater subjects.
Field studio photography looks quite unlike ‘normal’ nature photography. For one thing, its stars are often the overlooked animals and plants you can find near where you live rather than the exotic or rare. But the biggest difference is the pure white, back lit background that shows up the subject not as a species or a member of a community but as an individual in its own right.
The Priolite has thrown us a new piece of technology and thus introduced a whole new way of working in the studio. Bold claims I hear you say? Well, after you’ve read this you can make your own minds up about that, but first lets go through the nuts and bolts.
Accidents happen, especially in studios, often caused by eager photographers who forget to disconnect the sync lead from their camera and pull over their flash head. It happens all the time and accounts for a high percentage of expensive repairs. That’s why triggering flash cordless is such a good idea.
If you’ve bought (or been bought) or are buying a digital SLR camera you may have already discovered that the camera itself is just one of the many things you need to make the most of it. While some are just nice to have, others are absolute essentials. In this guide we will look at both kinds; those accessories that you should not consider buying a camera without and those which you may want to put on a “wish-list” for another day.