Friday, April 24, 2015

Rapid Box meets tripod

I planned a location shoot at a train station durning the start of evening rush hour.
Both time and space for set-up and shooting were limited. Also it was just the model and myself on location.
I need to travel light and contained. I set up my D800 with a14 - 24 mm f2.8 lens, along with my Manfrotto tripod and Arca-Swiss ball head, plus a base plate with a 5/8" stud. My tripod was going to be my light stand. The wide stance of the legs made for a more stable lighting platform, incase of any wind. Wireless shooting was a must, so I used an Odin TTL transmitter and receiver with a Nikon SB 950 mounted on the 10x24 Westcott Rapid Box. The Rapid Box is the perfect light modifier for location shooting. Opening like an umbrella with a bracket attachment designed to accommodate a variety of Flashes and wireless attachments along with it's size I was able to achieved the soft lighting I was looking for while attaining the quick set and breakdown I needed. The concept was simple, a business women returning from a long day at work and having just gotten off the over packed 5:10 local.
I shot late in the afternoon, however, the sky and background were still to bright. I used a Hi speed sync of 1/5000 at ISO 400 and F/3.2 to retain color in the sky and background while the flash kept even light on Adrianna. The lens focal length was set at 17mm. In Post I made a lens correction for distortion and cropped the image.

Monday, April 13, 2015

News Flash!!

After 3 1/2 years, I no longer work at B&H Photo. This is a good thing and we parted on good terms.
They were kind enough to move me to the phones when I had a problem with staying on my feet to long because of my knees. However, along with this came from working in one department, Pro Photo (DSLR Cameras) to handling, Lighting, including Studio lighting, Tripods, Bags, Film, Consumer Photo and Flashlights. My phone never stopped ringing and it was impossible to known all the products. It was taking a toll on my health, and I was missing allot of work days. So this works out for both of us, and I'm still a B&H Affiliate and customer. And now I can enter through the front door wearing shorts.

Another Big Change in Equipment!

Pocket Wizard to Phottix Odin Wireless TTL Triggers.

After watching the Odin in action, I felt that they
were on the right track with wireless Systems for
my Nikon as well as Canon and Sony. They retained all the features such as TTL, Channels and Groups, I had with my Pocket Wizards, but at a better price. This allowed me to add more receives for my additional Nikon Flashes.
 Phottix has two flashes of their own with TTL and Built-in Receivers. Both can be purchased with full compatibility to Nikon and Canon, and at better prices then the current units from the Manufacturer. Along with the Flash units they designed the Indra 500 Studio Strobe with TTL and Built-in Receivers, and soon to be released 300. All are available at B&H Photo
This company seems to have a solid handle on the Radio Trigger and Studio lighting market. One time getting all these different units to work together was an impossible task, especially combining TTL.

Updated L Bracket From Kirk to Promedia Gear.

 I traded in my Kirk L Brackets on my D800
and D600 for the ones designed by Promedia
I find them easier to use when accessing the battery door and USB and accressory ports.
Designed to be compatable with any Arca-Swiss style Ball Head. 
Machined from  solid Aluminium T6061 block, and black anodized for a scratch resistant finish. The vertical piece of the L- Bracket can be removed, which allowss for the use of the base plate only. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

I'll be teaching a Boudoir Workshop on Saturday, March 14th at the Center for Photographic Art
in Huntington, NY.  To Register call 516-762-3056 or go to
Space is limited. A professional model and make-up artist will be on hand so this will be an excellent opportunity to get some images for your portfolio.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Recent image from a Joe McNally workshop in NY
on 10/27/14

Monday, April 14, 2014

Just add a New imac 27" Computer to the office. The Mac Pro is showing signs of old age. Running slow and can not update OS pass Lion.