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Lighting / Re: Off Camera Continuous Lighting Options...
« on: January 29, 2014, 12:00:46 PM »
Strobes are cheaper than continuous lighting in terms of light-to-dollar ratio.

But if you want continuous lights, check out the cheap LED light panels like:

Or you can go with traditional 'hot' lights like the stuff from Lowel. I've used a Tota light on occasion for some generic videos since I have access to one, but that thing gets really hot after a couple minutes.

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M WITH EF 85 MM F/ 1.2 L MK II
« on: January 24, 2014, 10:39:08 AM »
With that heavy lens, wouldn't you want to mount the tripod grip the adapter instead of the camera body?

That's what I did.

EOS-M / Re: External Microphone for EOS M
« on: January 23, 2014, 11:06:21 AM »
Good evening I'm starting to do a little more video work with my EOS M and I like using it for video but I find its not getting the audio I want. I'm looking to buy my first external mic but don't know where to start. I want to do some simple instructional videos like how to style so I'm thinking something like a lapel mic or a shotgun if those will work too. Can anyone point me to some good brands or something you already use that would save me time and money testing. Thank you!

I own the Rode Stereo Videomic Pro:

I actually had it on camera when I recorded this:

Reload drills with ALG Defense Flared Magwell for the Glock 17

But when I speak in a video, I use a cheap wired lavalier mic from Amazon (look for item: B002HJ9PTO).

Example: ALG Defense Flared Magwell (AFM) for the Glock 17

When I'm lazy, I'll just hook up the mic directly to the camera. If I need to, I'll just plug the wired lav microphone into a Zoom H1 that's in my back pocket and then use the Rode on camera for environmental audio and then sync it all with Pluraleyes.

Lighting / Re: Studio light for model and products
« on: November 05, 2013, 04:43:59 PM »
If this is purely full body shots to show off the apparel, you can get away with a single light. AB 1600 or Einstein 640 with a huge modifier, like a PLM which is pretty cheap. You won't need to buy a trigger since the AB or Einstein will come with a 12 to 15 foot PC sync cord. Add a light stand and you're done.

If you want to get fancy and do all white backdrops, fully blown out, then you'll want at least two lights (one subject, one background). If you can swing three, then get three (one subject, two background). From there, you can just use LR or PS to 'paint' the exposure of the background to full white in the areas not hit by the background light.

Three light example:

Lighting / Re: Ring Flash
« on: September 25, 2013, 11:18:56 AM »
Quite a few of my photographer friends (portraits) and myself use the Alien Bees ABR800 ring flash. 320WS effective for $400.

I did my own customizations to make it more expedient as far as mounting.

Sample shots in that URL above, plus a couple more here (with lighting diagrams):

It can be run in many ways. One way it is used is as the primary light outdoors (with a Vagabond Mini Lithium power pack) and the sun as a rim. Another way is for that shadowless indoor studio look. Or you can use it simply as a fill light with a primary light somewhere else off camera. Or you can just run it on a lightstand off camera as either your primary or fill/rim light (several attachments, e.g. moon unit, grid, etc).

A friend of mine has the Roundflash. It's an interesting unit and he had luck with it indoors at conventions (e.g. Glamourcon) using a Nikon FF and a 105mm. Not sure which Nikon SB he used.

Lighting / Re: I need some flash advice...
« on: September 13, 2013, 02:02:18 PM »
I've actually seen a few people something similar to this (note: not my photo):

strobist man by Joits, on Flickr

I actually had a pic of my friend using a Roundflash (, but can't seem to remember where I posted it. But he actually has good results with the Roundflash at conventions.

Manfrotto Super Clamp
Manfrotto 012B 'Backlite' Stand

EOS-M / Re: My own take on the EOS M
« on: August 17, 2013, 10:15:48 AM »
oh haha

that is a rubber wrist thing, like those 'live strong' bracelets.

I have a few of the Lensbracelets. They're nice conversation starters.

EOS-M / Re: My own take on the EOS M
« on: August 14, 2013, 07:15:43 PM »
Good tip.  It's too bad about exposure sim, but on the other hand, how many people will use EOS-M in studio situations involving strobes?

No one, really. But I was attempting see how far I could leverage the system in the type of photography I do, and found this one aspect of the camera that makes it somewhat less than ideal for studio portraits.

EOS-M / My own take on the EOS M
« on: August 12, 2013, 12:58:20 AM »
I took advantage of the B&H $299 deal on the EOS M and 22mm f/2 STM.

My own write-up:

It's not ideal, but I'm going to keep it in my kit considering it saves me from having to hunt down a used 7D.

Lighting / Re: Help with choosing a soft box
« on: December 07, 2012, 12:26:48 PM »
I'm wondering if anyone has had experience using the Einstein with Speedlights.  I'm thinking I will either need to use a PC sync cord for the Einstein and RF wireless for the Speedlights.  I'd love a shoot-through wireless solution which I can mount on my camera which controls the Einstein and then have the 600EX or ST-E3 mounted on top.   Has anyone attempted that?

If you're working indoors, you can just toggle the optical slave sensor on the Einstein so it triggers on the 600 EX (E-TTL pre-flash turned off, of course). When I'm at home and I need to take a quick product shot, I often just throw a 580 EX II on my camera instead of breaking out PocketWizards or the 12 foot pc-sync cord.

Lighting / Re: Help with lighting setups for portraits...
« on: December 07, 2012, 02:45:59 AM »
I bought a 580 EX II Speedlite early on, then got a second one along with PocketWizards when I decided to start messing around with off-camera flash and portraits. But I quickly realized small flash is expensive. So I ended up going with large flash / studio strobes because the cost to flash power ratio was far better with studio strobes.

I'd really love to go small flash for location shooting, but getting 4 to 8 Speedlites is way too expensive when I can get the same flash power out of a couple of studio strobes and battery packs.

For outdoor shoots, I operated on one light for quite a while (see: Use the sun for your rim and you have 'two' lights.

I've been using the TT1/TT5 for a few years now, but the only reason I started off with them was because I was using a pair of 580 EX II's at the time (with a 7D). I used that only for a short time before I switched to Alien Bees / Einsteins. I retained the TT1/TT5 units and added the PowerMC2 for the Einsteins which give me remote power control via the AC3 Zone Controller.

So going back to just Speedlites, I would just go with dumb triggers (non-ETTL). I don't care for off-camera ETTL, but what I do like is being able to remotely set the power output of the flash without having to touch the flash itself. Not sure what else out there gives you this capability with a Speedlite (the TT1/TT5/AC3 combo will do this).

Note: I *did* take awhile for PW to add 5D Mark III compatibility, but they finally got there (and there were some workarounds if all you wanted was AC3 support).

Lighting / Re: Anyone with experience with WingLights?
« on: September 13, 2012, 01:23:15 AM »
For the most part, he's happy with it for running and gunning. Obviously, we prefer to run studio strobes with large modifiers, but for stuff like car shows and what not, Speedlites and brackets or some other on-camera flash modifier is being used.

Lighting / Re: Anyone with experience with WingLights?
« on: September 12, 2012, 06:21:31 PM »
I don't have one and never tried it, but a guy I know has one and I know for a fact all the shots in the link below (Facebook; public album) were shot with a winglight (I think with a 430 EX II).

If the above link doesn't work, this single image should load:

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