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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 […]

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Product Photography – Rubber Stamp Sets

My wife is trying something new on her blog at www.stampingpro.com. I regularly do product photography of sample cards for her blog posts, but in this case, we got to shoot both the card and the stamp set from which it was created.   Setup was pretty simple: Nikon SB-800 in 3′ octabox for keylight, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Radiopopper PX Receiver Mod – Version 2

Hi Friends, If you’ve been following my blog the past couple weeks, you know how thrilled I am with my new Radiopopper PX system: combining the best of infrared and radio for remote flash triggering. As I’d noted previously, the new Radiopopper receiver mounting system, while well-designed, doesn’t fit very well in my current system […]

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Low Key Edgy Portrait

Hi Friends, My son’s getting in the spirit for an airsoft overnighter next weekend, and while I had the lighting setup, thought we’d do a new portrait. He was going for the “Medal of Honor” video game look… Here’s the setup: Key light: SB-800 in a Bowens beauty dish with diffuser and grid, high and […]

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Of Hair Accessories and Corn Relief – Modifying My Radiopopper Receiver Mount

Hi Friends, Really excited about my new Radiopoppers.  It’s so cool to be able to enjoy all the advantages of the Nikon creative lighting system and radio triggers all in one package! My only issue is the rather bulky rig for mounting the receiver to the flash: It’s fine for many applications.  The mount serves […]

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Nikon CLS and Radio Triggers – The Best of BOTH Worlds -Got my Radiopoppers!

Hi Friends, I’m a huge fan of Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS) for controlling off-camera flash via infrared communication between the commander unit or master flash and the remote flashes. My typical method of flash photography is decidedly old-school: manual exposure mode on the camera, remote SB-800 Speedlights set up in “Remote” mode, but power ratio […]

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More Family Portraits – Orange Circle

Hi Friends, Trying to stock up for family calendar photos for this year (which reminds me, I gotta start pulling the calendar together soon!). We draw a few odd looks carting camera bag, C-stand, sandbag, and softbox down the sidewalk near at the Orange Circle, but I like the way they turned out, so I […]

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Family Portrait Session

The bane of most photographers is that we seldom show up in our own family portraits-for obvious reasons. So, when my folks asked for a new family photo, I took the opportunity to “schedule” a session with my wife and kids.  We trekked over to a local elementary school that has a favorite red wall […]

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