Monday, 10 December 2012

Elinchrom 44cm Reflector Light Shaper

Retro Reflector on Modern Flash Head

Elinchrom have published their 2013 catalogue which includes one of my favourite light modifiers ever made, the Light Shaper or now the 44cm Reflector with Grid.

I have a (approximately) 30 year old Light Shaper - built to last from pressed aluminium with a metal 6mm honeycomb grid with in-built steel gel/diffuser frame.

This is why I love Elinchrom flash gear - a vintage reflector on a new BX250Ri monobloc flash head

This reflector/modifier can be used as a broad, soft light for small groups and portraits; products and pack shots; for more directional effects with the grid in place or as a softer directional light with a frost, spun or grid cloth diffuser under the honeycomb grid.

Here are a few images of my buddy Rob, an aspiring Rat Pack member!

On its' own the Light Shaper gives a good spread of light and controlled shadows with distinct feathering.

Add the 6mm honeycomb grid for more direction and controlled spill. Positioning of both model and light are critical when using the honeycomb.

 Add Rosco 3032 Light Grid Cloth for a softer controlled beam, reminiscent of Holly style lighting. In the image the key light was the Light Shaper, accent/separation back light provided by a 66 cm Portalite soft box, and background light from a Elinchrom Mini Spot Lite with Rosco 77138 Cats Window D Series gobo.

And finally, the bare white reflector with a silver deflector, so no direct light from the flash tube, which is reflected back from the silvered deflector onto the white surface giving lovely soft shadows with gentle gradation. Image processed with Nik Software Snapseed for Mac Desktop.

Elinchrom flash is available direct from the UK importer The Flash Centre. Contact Simon Burfoot and don't forget to mention this blog -

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Gel Clip Extension Spigot

The Gel Clip Extension Spigot is machined from a solid bar of aluminium.

As many of you will know when shooting off-camera flash on location, conventional tripod lighting stands can be a real pain to position on uneven ground or place close enough to the subject without intruding into your frame. The solution is a lighting accessory boom which can be expensive, so here at Gel Clip we have developed a simple solution for off-camera flash and fans of Strobist lighting techniques - the Gel Clip Extension Spigot.

The Gel Clip extension Spigot has been designed to transform a relatively inexpensive paint roller extension pole into a photography lighting boom with an industry standard 16mm or 5/8th inch spigot which will accept the majority of off-camera flash, hot shoe flash and Strobist accessories with the compatible 16mm or 5/8th inch fitting.

It mounts either in line . . .

. . . or at 90 degrees and secured with a thumb knob to prevent twisting or movement.

Gel Clip Extension Spigot with Manfrotto 026 Lite Tite Swivel Umbrella Adapter
and Enlight Photo Frio cold shoe adaptor.

Also fits portable battery flash such as Elinchrom Ranger Quadra!

Ben and I have been using a prototype of the Extension Spigot for over year so we know it works. I opted for the Harris painters extension pole as it has locking grips which are easy to use with gloved hands - you have to think about your assistant, partner, VAL (Voice-Activated Light stand) when it's cold;-)

The Gel Clip Extension Spigot is only available from selected independent photography accessory resellers:

Painters extension poles are available from any number of outlets, both on the ground and online:

I strongly recommend that you ONLY buy a pole with a metal thread, the less expensive plastic variety will break under load.

As well as fitting standard painters extension poles, the Gel Clip Extension Spigot will also fit 19 mm tubing, including the kind you buy in DIY stores for making clothing rails.

Applications for the Gel Clip Extension Spigot are endless - use 2 or more on a 19mm rod to create a powerful TTL off camera flash; use a 19 mm rail as a background support rail and attach a Gel Clip Extension Spigot at each end of the rail to attach back lights or other accessories; attach multiple Gel Clip Extension Spigots with Speedlites or other flash units to a single rail to create a broad and soft diffused light bank; attach to a lighting stand using a couple of Manfrotto Super Clamps to take the load from your VAL - just remember that someone will need to balance the end away from the gear so the whole shebang doesn't tip over!

Happy snapping and let's see what images you can create with the help of the Gel Clip Extension Spigot.