May 29, 2012
review: Impact Quikbox Softbox (24 x 24″)
My favorite diffuser / modifier for off-camera flash, is the Lastolite Ezybox 24×24 for speed lights. It features a lot on the Tangents blog, as well as my book, off-camera flash photography. It’s easy to use and super-easy to set up. And in its original configuration, folds up to a surprisingly small bundle.
The good news for photographers who have been curious about the Lastolite Ezybox, is that Impact now makes a softbox – the Impact Quikbox 24×24 softbox (B&H), which is virtually identical, at a lower price.
May 28, 2012
I’ve had a bit of a struggle attaching the RadioPopper PX receiver cradle securely to my favorite softbox, the Lastolite Ezybox. The problem is that the Lastolite softbox has a unique way of attaching the speedlight to the softbox bracket. The RadioPopper PX receiver sits in a cradle (to which the speedlight is fitted), and at the bottom of the RadioPopper cradle, is a 1/4 inch screw socket.
Even scrounging through my big box of random crap, I couldn’t find a nut & bolt or something similar, to attach the RadioPopper cradle to the Lastolite bracket. And then I stumbled onto something that works juuuuust fine – the Matthews Microgrip hotshoe adapter (B&H)
October 10, 2011
Canon wireless e-TTL flash triggers / radio transmitters
A bridal portrait (taken during one of the photo sessions arranged by the Hudson Valley Click), where it is easy to see the advantage of using off-camera lighting.
The strong back-lighting is used as a way to highlight the background and have the rim-lighting etch our model against the background. Of course, having her turn her back to the sun also helps with not having our model squinting in the bright light. We immediately avoid unflattering hard light on her face. But we then do need to add off-camera lighting of some kind to cross-light her.
I used TTL flash here, since I often find this is the fastest and easiest way to get good flash exposure. The flash was diffused with a white shoot-through umbrella, and I used wireless TTL triggers to control my flash.
Let’s have a look at our current options that we have to trigger the off-camera TTL flash …