Kickstarter Slam Dunk, Tips to Raise the Capital

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This past year we’ve seen history in the making, an exciting shift in funding these creative projects of ours: power to the people, no grants, no clients, just great ideas, passion, and a kick-ass three-minute video. Having just completed a Kick-starter-funded short film, I know this stuff really works (and there’s my validated answer to the first question we all really... Read More

Intoduction: The Profoto D4 Air

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Introduction Profoto’s D-line of packs and mono heads sits in the middle of the company’s line up of studio strobe lighting, a bit less lofty than the company’s Pro line and more expensive and far more sophisticated than Profoto’s entry-level set of Acute packs.  ”D” might well stand for “Digital” with D1 monoheads and D4 packs. ... Read More

Introduction: The Profoto Air Remote

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  Introduction The Profoto Air Remote transceiver can be purchased from Samy’s Camera here. In recent years, the single aspect of strobe lighting to advance most noticeably has been control.  Strobe packs like the Broncolor Senso (reviewed here) and the Profoto D4 now offer precise digital control of flash power in compact, go-anywhere boxes.  With wide-ranging power... Read More

Review: The Broncolor Litos Strobe Head

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Introduction Infrequently in professional photography are the serious tools of our trade to be called “cute”.  In the world of sand bags, grip heads, gaff tape, and C-stands, there is little room for snuggly little objects designed for smiles.  This newest flash in the mighty Broncolor family is capable, practical, and tough.  But, people might say, it is also “cute”. If... Read More

Introduction: The Speedotron 1005 Strobe Pack

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Introduction Speedotron, the Chicago-based American maker of tank-like studio lighting products, does not often roll out a new product.  For the faithful Speedo-users of the world, it’s an exciting occurrence, then, when a product is updated with new features.  What we have here, in the Speedotron 1005, is the company’s newest product and one that offers some welcome... Read More

Introduction: The Broncolor Senso A2

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Introduction Broncolor, Swiss maker of fine lighting equipment, holds a long-established seat in the elite ranks of the industry’s finest.  Among the finest and also the priciest, Bron packs are known for scientific accuracy and a degree of control to satisfy the most laser-eyed among us.  Ranged around the Broncolor standard are several high end industry heavy weights... Read More

Review: OWC’s RAID Box, Looks like a Mac Pro (runs like one too)

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The Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 4 TB RAID Enclosure from Other World Computing Introduction Last month, we discussed the very popular and oh-so-easy data backup machine, the Drobo from Data Robotics (reviewed here).  This month, I’m happy to be featuring a robust product from a favorite vendor, Other World Computing.  The company is deeply nerdy and uniquely dedicated to Mac... Read More

Field Test: The Profoto Acute2 Ring Flash

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Introduction: Ring flashes, in their various forms, are a unique way to illuminate a subject and perhaps none more frequently represents the strange breed than the Profoto Acute 2 Ring Flash.  It’s a big, sturdy donut of a light, designed to surround a camera lens, throwing intense and even light on a subject, seemingly from the lens itself.  Ring lighting creates unique... Read More

Review: Data Robotics Drobo Storage Solution

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Drobo – simplicity perfected When my G5 finally died after a long and productive life, I knew that it was time to seriously look at my file storage options with my new Mac Pro.  Here was an opportunity to do-over and hopefully avoid many of the mistakes I’d made with the old system.  There were so many options on the market, that it was overwhelming just picking a... Read More

High Speed Strobe Test: The Profoto Acute 2R 1200

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Introduction While perusing the stats, photos from a number of my test shoots, and thinking through my review of the little Profoto pack sitting on my desk, I kept coming back to one number, “.09″.  It’s the number of seconds Profoto claims it takes the Acute 2R 1200 to recycle at minimum power.  That’s better than ten frames per second, better than 10... Read More