Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lighting Gear Makes A Difference

By Jeff Greene Published in Shooting
Positioning your flash to the side and using a modifier to sculpt the light can take a basic portrait into the realm of the dramatic.
Positioning your flash to the side and using a modifier to sculpt the light can take a basic portrait into the realm of the dramatic.


Flash Manufacturers


IN ONE FLASH is good, then more are better. As I mentioned, the best results are realized when using multiple flash units to achieve total control of your lighting, and that can become expensive when purchasing matching flash units from the camera manufacturer. There are several options for third-party flashes, but you need to be sure that they’re compatible with your DSLR’s features.


A good choice would be the Sigma EF-530 DG Super. It offers full-feature compatibility with most popular DSLRs for around $200. Nissin offers several models based on size and power, with the Nissin Di866 at the top of the list for about $330. It’s also compatible with most major DSLR makers and features a cool “sub-flash” that can be used as fill when bouncing the main head off the ceiling. Both flashes work wirelessly as master and slave for off-camera shooting.


The Quantum Qflash T5d-R is a powerful unit that’s prized among wedding and portrait shooters for its power and versatility. The Qflash T5d-R supports wireless control of all dedicated camera-flash functions, as far as 600 feet away. It’s compatible with most DSLRs using a Quantum QTTL adapter. And, finally, for an affordable flash that incorporates basic E-TTL metering functionality at a very affordable price, the Sunpak PZ42X priced at $140 is an excellent choice for a starter flash and as an auxiliary unit for a multiflash setup.


Nissin
www.nissindigital.com
Quantum Instruments, Inc.
www.qtm.com
Sigma
www.sigmaphoto.com
Sunpak
www.sunpak.com


Resources

California Sunbounce
www.sunbounce-usa.com
ExpoImaging
www.expoimaging.com
Flashpoint
www.adorama.com
Gary Fong
www.garyfongestore.com
Honl Photo
www.honlphoto.com iDC Photo Video
www.idcphotography.com
IKan
www.ikancorp.com
Interfit
www.interfitphotographic.com
Kino Flo
www.kinoflo.com
LitePanels
www.litepanels.com
Lowel
www.lowel.com
LumiQuest
www.lumiquest.com
Photoflex
www.photoflex.com
PocketWizard
www.pocketwizard.com
RadioPopper
www.radiopopper.com
Sto-Fen
www.stofen.com
Westcott
www.fjwestcott.com

Jeff Greene is a veteran professional photographer and digital-imaging educator with more than 25 years of experience in photojournalism, studio portraiture and commercial photography. Visit www.jeffreymgreene.com for his blog, portfolios and workshop information.

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