Sunday, October 30, 2011

Rogue Gels Review!

ExpoImaging (the same guys that make the really cool Flash Benders) has come out with two new, very cool products for speedlight users, the Rogue Gels Universal Lighting Filter Kit, and the Rogue Gels Filter Kit for the Rogue Grid.  The Universal Gel kit is designed to work with all sized speedlights and the Rogue Grid Gel kit is designed to work with their ever popular Rogue Grid.

The Universal kit comes with 20 tabbed filters and a band to attach the gels to any sized speedlight.  The kit includes various dramatic colors for effect, and a set of color correction gels to match your light with just about any available light from tungsten to florescent.  A really cool feature of these gels is that each one comes printed with the actual color and the number of stops of light each gel uses.  This can be really handy when determining how much light to use.  These gels also attach very easily to any speedlight with the included band.

The Rogue Grid kit is designed to be used with the new Rogue Grid and these fit easily in to the Rogue Grid holder.  This kit comes with the same tabbed 20 filters as the Universal kit and each gel is also marked with the color and number of stops of light each gel uses (I love this feature).  If you already have the Rogue Grid then this is a must have addition, and if you don't have the grid, go out and pick one up, its priced right and easy to use!

Both kits come with their own carrying pouches which if you've used gels at all, you know how cumbersome it can be to keep these organized and stored for quick use.  Also, both kits have tabbed dividers inside that tell you what gels it contains and information about each gel ...again this is an awesome feature! ...did I say that already?

I use gels all the time in my photography and you can never have too many.  The new Rogue Gel Kits make it easy to have a broad selection of colored gels, organized and ready to use at a moment's notice.  I included a short video below that shows you how to attach both sets of gels to your flashes.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The History of Photography thru Cameras!

Are you interested in the the history of photography and cameras in general?  Then you will definitely want to check out this quick behind the scenes video of Todd Gustavson's book Camera: A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital.

oh, and a little FYI, this book would make a great Christmas present for the photographer in your family. :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Apollo Orb and Strip Light Modifiers by Westcott!

Finally!!  Someone has come out with, what looks to be, an awesome Strip Box for speedlights!  Westcott over the last few days announced two new cool additions to their highly successful Apollo line up, the Apollo Strip Light and the Apollo Orb.

I've experimented with DIY strip lights and other off brands, but none of them have been easy to use, requiring customized speed rings or grips to accommodate a speedlight or have just been down right too expensive for my tastes.

The new Apollo Strip Light and Orb seem to be priced right and just what the doctor ordered.  The Strip Light comes in a healthy 16" by 30" with a removable front diffusion panel, the ability to be mounted horizontally or vertically and a recessed front like that of the Apollo 28" softbox.  The Strip Light also collapses down on an umbrella frame just like the original Apollo which should add to its portability and ease of use.

The Apollo Orb is a 43" octabox with removable front diffusion, a recessed front and also is built on an umbrella frame so it should be just as easy to use as the Apollo 28" and the Strip Box.  As far as I know, this may be the first octabox designed for speedlights that doesn't require a speed ring or any DIY-ing to mount your speedlights.

Another cool tidbit about both of these modifiers is that they can be used with lights other than speedlights too which should make them really diverse pieces of kit to have in your arsenal.

I don't own either of these but I can assure you I will get my hands on the Strip Light as soon as I can (and the Orb soon after) because its exactly something that I've been looking for and the Westcott Apollo series has a very positive following which leads me to believe that the quality with these are just as good as existing models.

Ahem, Westcott if you're listening, I'd be glad to review either of these for you guys. ;)

Monday, October 10, 2011

5 Classic Portrait Lighting Positions

For those interested, check out this informative video by The Slanted Lens on the five classic portrait lighting positions.  He covers everything from Rembrandt lighting to butterfly lighting along with over head views to see the exact light placement.