Saturday, June 26, 2010

New Honl Softbox!

David Honl from Honl Photo has released a new softbox for speedlights called the Traveller8!  Its a small softbox with about an 8" diameter on the face, folds down very easily, and produces a pretty soft light when its used in close.

This softbox is similar to the Lumiquest SBIII except that its round, which will produce nice, round catchlights and doesn't have the extra diffusion in the face like the SBIII does.  However, if you have a built in diffuser on your speedlight, you can simply flip that down to better diffuse the light in the Traveller8.

Below is a short video on how to set up the Traveller8.  I haven't used this yet, but am planning on putting it through its paces soon.  I love the fact that its small, has a nice diffusion face on it, and fits my speedlights.

Also, check out this awesome review using the Traveller8 by David Hobby of the Strobist blog.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Outdoor Photo Gear

You can never have too many resources ...never.  Being a photographer in itself can be a challenge, but even more so, finding a good supplier of all the cool photographic related toys tools you need to pursue being a photographer can be even more of a challenge.  That's why I was ecstatic to find the online store, Outdoor Photo Gear!

Currently they are a web-based store only (hopefully that will change soon--wink, wink, nudge, nudge) and have a HUGE selection of top quality gear at awesome prices, from bags, to tripods, to light modifiers, to clothes and everything in between.  In addition, their customer service is top notch.  I can't tell you how cool it is to call a supplier and talk to an actual person who speaks clear English and seems to actually care about you and your photographic needs.

Another very cool bit of info about these guys is that, they are located right here in Louisville, Kentucky!  SCORE!!!!  Seriously, this town needs someone like these guys so I hope you will do your best to support them.  I for one hope they stick around for a looooong time.

Take the time to check out Outdoor Photo Gear!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Scott Kelby's Third Annual Worldwide Photo Walk and the New LumoPro LP160!

Couple of really cool things happened today!

Scott Kelby announced his third annual Worldwide Photo Walk!  This is a very cool event with thousands of participants around the world taking part.  Basically, groups of photographers from all over get together, walk around and take photos of anything that interests them.  Its a great chance to hang out with other photographers and you can even win prizes to boot!

You can find out more by checking out the Worldwide Photo Walk homepage and for you locals, check out the Louisville Worldwide Photo Walk homepage.  If you think you might be interested in doing this, then sign up quickly as there are only 50 participants allowed for each walk.

Also, the new LumoPro LP160 was just released today!  For those of you who don't know, the LumoPro LP160 is an awesome manual flash that has all kinds of cool features.  It has quadruple syncing methods, a built in slave, a digital slave option (which will allow it to ignore TTL pre-flashes so it can be used with TTL flashes) and its as powerful as the Nikon SB-900 and Canon 580EXII but for a fraction of the price!  I plan on picking myself up one of these (or two) as soon as I get the chance.  I have a feeling though these will sell quickly so if you're interested, you better jump on them.

You can check out David Hobby's review of them here on the Strobist blog and also you can pick these up at Midwest Photo Exchange.

That's all for now, and towards the end of the week, I should have some exciting news about my Off Camera Flash Photography Workshop coming up very soon, so check back!