Sunday, 26 October 2014

Elinchrom FS30 & Litemotiv Announced

Elinchrom announced a number of new modifiers and accessories recently, including the S30 fresnel spotlight with a 20° to 45° variable beam angle which looks suspiciously like the Spotlite S35 which I remember using in studios many moons ago. It's EL fit so will fit most Elinchrom heads made since 1972. This light has remained popular with secondhand example fetching between £400 & £600 on Ebay!

This light will be particular interest to fashion, beauty & photographers who shoot in the retro Hollywood style.

There's also (finally) a heavy duty EL adaptor for Quadra users so they can fit heavier accessories to Quadra heads.

There's also the Litemotive 16 panel deep silvered surface collapsible parabolic reflector available in 120cm & 190cm diameters.

So far I can't see any information on The Flash Centre website or the main Elinchrom LTD website

Anyone interested should contact either Simon Burfoot or Brian Collier at TFC in Birmingham for more information, prices and availability.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Free "How To" Lighting Demos with Photomart - Photovision Roadshow Kent 21 October 2014

Light Like a Pro

Free How To Lighting Demonstrations

On Tuesday 21st October 2014 I'll be running a series of "how to" lighting demonstrations on the Photomart stand at the Photovision Roadshow in Kent, Brands Hatch Motor Racing Circuit to be precise.

With me I'll have one (maybe more) of the iLux Summit 600 portable battery mono bloc flash heads which is a very useful piece of kit for location photographers, whether you shoot weddings, portraits or events.

Jamie Bannerman stars in Full English Breakfast - I created this image as part of a social media campaign to promote the independent British film. Simple lighting; one studio flash, low and camera  left, with simple barn doors and a LEE Filters cosmetic gel which gave me both tint to the light and slight diffusion. Backdrop was a neutral grey background paper and the distressed Union Flag was composited in place during post-production. Gritty look enhanced with the bleach bypass filter in Nik Color efex Pro 4.

iLux Summit 600 Reviews
Professional Photographer magazine

This is a real-world test & evaluation by event photographer Mike Weeks

My provisional schedule:
11:10 - 11:40      Lighting the perfect headshot
12:00 – 12:30     Creative indoor & outdoor portrait lighting 
13:10 – 13:40     Lighting for weddings & events
14:00 – 14:30     Lighting on location
14:50 – 15:20     Lighting to create mood

Our model for the day will be Lulu Cole.

Entry to the show is free/gratis as are the demonstrations, so do come along, all it's going to cost you is a few hours of your time and the fuel. The lovely people at Photomart are offering a £25.00 voucher to all who visit the Photomart stand to offset against any purchase of iLux lighting equipment (minimum spend £150.00).

I've been to these shows a number of times and never leave empty handed, whether it's with new lighting or photo accessories or even better, hints, tips and new knowledge to improve my photography & lighting skills - after all, we never stop learning in this digital age! You may even bump into someone you know online or offline!

You can book you tickets to the show here > > come along, I'm sure you'll not be disappointed.

The show opens from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (1100 - 1600)

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

One Light Two Set Ups

Left to right, dark field illumination. bright field illumination

The above images are of the same blown bulb from a 800w Redhead incandescent continuous hot light. Ironically I kicked the light stand whilst the light was switched on, after telling a group of students not to move hot lights when they're switched on, as that's when the already delicate filament is even more delicate!

It's possible to achieve this kind of image with almost any flat, soft source of light, either soft box or LED panel. For this this shot I used a Rosco 24" x 24" Litepad as that's what was handy.

The image on the right with the black background I clipped in place a piece of matt black material to provide the back drop. The bulb was lit by the light by the light from either side of the black  material, providing transillumination and edge highlights. The width of the highlights can be controlled by the width of the black material.

On the right with the white background I used a piece of LEE Filters 129 Heavy Frost diffusion gel to hide the etched grid of the light and even out the illumination. Here the edges of the bulb were defined by black cards either side, just out of frame. A soft silver reflector was placed just out of frame left to create some shape in the ceramic insulation tips.

As I used a continuous light source metering was pretty simple as I used the camera TTL meter and rode the exposure compensation - for the dark field image I underexposed by 1.33 stops, the bright field image over exposed by 2 stops.

The bulb was positioned on a blob of white tack on a plastic rod, clamped in Super Clamp resting on the bench top. From set-up to finish this whole shoot took 20-30 minutes.

Images were put through my usual ACR processing, the white tack removed and images comped in PS CC.

The camera was fitted with a macro lens and supported on a sturdy solid metal studio stand allowing smooth lateral and vertical camera movement.

If you're serious about your photographic lighting then maybe The LIGHT Side Facebook group will interest you. It's about all things to do with light and lighting. TLS is a closed group so someone will need to add you or you'll need to send a request to be added. It's a friendly group, with a degree of humour and some great photographers willing to share and contribute.