High-Speed Sync How-To: My First Article for SLR Lounge

Hi Friends, I’m a big fan of off camera flash, and use it extensively in outdoor and harsh lighting situations.  I’ve authored an article on the topic for SLR Lounge.  Check it out at: http://www.slrlounge.com/broad-daylight-flash-sun-high-speed-sync Let me know what you think…? Thanks for dropping by! J

DIY Tip: Modifying the Honl Speed Grids Step-by-Step

I’m a HUGE fan of David Honl’s hotshoe flash modifiers:  I use his Speed Grids, snoots, gobos, and straps all the time.   The Speed Grid is one of my most oft-used modifiers.  It allows me to constrain the light from my speedlights but gives a lovely feathered edge to the circle of light. I Read more about DIY Tip: Modifying the Honl Speed Grids Step-by-Step[…]

My Favorite Multi Flash Bracket…Great Stocking Stuffer Idea

Hi Friends, I’m a big fan of high-speed sync using my Nikon Speedlights. This is one of the best cold shoe brackets I’ve found for mounting multiple hotshot flash units as is often necessary with high-speed sync. Even accommodates 3 PocketWizard Flex TT5s… It’s available through Adorama at: Flashpoint 3 Shoe Mount Bracket   Great Read more about My Favorite Multi Flash Bracket…Great Stocking Stuffer Idea[…]

Shopping the Photography Aisle at the Home Improvement Warehouse!

Hi Friends, I often joke with my students about shopping the “photography aisle” at my local home improvement stores.  It’s a great way to try out ideas for lighting modifiers, and other kit without breaking the bank. Well, I found a great deal today, and with a little ingenuity and a couple drill bits, came Read more about Shopping the Photography Aisle at the Home Improvement Warehouse![…]

Gear-heads – Alert! Updates to the Quad Flash Bracket…

Hi Friends, For those of you that follow my blog for techie stuff — this one’s for you! A few weeks ago, I crafted a custom bracket for holding 4 Speedlights. Why, you ask? So I can overpower mid-day sun (high speed sync) for dramatic lighting effects. Read all about it here: overpowering-sunlight-the-quad-bracket I’ve had Read more about Gear-heads – Alert! Updates to the Quad Flash Bracket…[…]

Overpowering Sunlight – the Quad Bracket

In my never-ending search for more power, I came across an idea for a bracket to support 4 (count ’em, 4!) hotshoe flashes at a time! I wish I could take credit for the idea, but I was inspired by this post. I modified the design somewhat to enable easy attachment to my extensible pole or Read more about Overpowering Sunlight – the Quad Bracket[…]

The Men of the 122nd Fighter Wing – The Blacksnakes

Hi Friends, While visiting family this week for my niece and soon-to-be nephew’s wedding, my nephew, David, arranged for a visit to his workplace: the 122nd Fighter Wing (“The Blacksnakes”) stationed in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The airmen of the 122nd were terrific! Showed us around the shop, took us out to the flight line to do Read more about The Men of the 122nd Fighter Wing – The Blacksnakes[…]

New PocketWizard-Friendly Multi-Flash Bracket

Hi Friends, When working with flash in bright sun, it’s often necessary to gang several flash units together to compensate for the loss of output when operating at sync speeds above normal flash sync (i.e., “high speed sync”). A month or two back, I crafted a simple straight bar (my “Stro-bar”) with three cold shoes Read more about New PocketWizard-Friendly Multi-Flash Bracket[…]

Strobe One…Sun Zip! Portraits in full sunlight with the DIY “Stro-Bar”

Hi Friends, Had the day off today, and took advantage of it to build something I’d been meaning to do for a long time: a multi-flash lightbar (which I’ve taken to calling my “Stro-Bar”-clever, huh?). The purpose is to be able to mount multiple hotshoe flashes (in my case, Nikon SB-800s) to combine output for situations Read more about Strobe One…Sun Zip! Portraits in full sunlight with the DIY “Stro-Bar”[…]

Portraits: USAF Airman First Class – David Haas

Hi Friends, My niece and her fiance, David, were out to visit last weekend to shoot a series of engagement portraits.  I’d asked David to bring his USAF dress blues for a portrait to add to my gallery of military / emergency services personnel.  My favorites: Though not from this specific portrait session, the lighting Read more about Portraits: USAF Airman First Class – David Haas[…]