Introduction: The Profoto Air Remote

  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 and asymmetry, advanced packs like theses have practically done away with ND filtering and separate... Read More

Review: The Broncolor Litos Strobe Head

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 we look past cuteness, though, the Broncolor Litos is an exciting new product from... Read More

What’s Up With “Flash Duration”?

Flash Duration? A topic of great discussion around the studio lately has been flash duration.  What is it exactly and what’s all the hype?  Two things have become clear – it can’t be had without compromise, and there are a lot of terms on the chalk board. In simple terms, studio strobes function by filling slowly with a bucket of electricity and pouring it quickly out through flash tubes.  The blink we see is one quick splash of light, but the reality is... Read More

Introduction: The Broncolor Senso A2

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 from the inescapable line of giant Para reflectors to the mighty Scoro strobe packs. While other companies... Read More

Suburban Runner

A capture from a recent shoot in Oakland.  Laurie & Ziggy were heroic, running up and down the steepest part of the street for 45 minutes…  Also, a streamlined 1-head White Lighting kit saved the day (the “big pack” is in the shop with a fried sync plug).  The single light and relatively dinky umbrella make for pretty unsophisticated lighting, but work well to give this image a heavy dose of dramatic contrast.  Also, using a low-powered monolight made for an... Read More

Diesel-Powered Location Work

Well, regular-gas-powered location work anyway, but what kind of headline is that?  I recently chucked our old battery packs in favor of a smooth-running Honda and life on location has never been better!  I’ve enjoyed the added power, unlimited strobe pops, and even modeling lights (a rare luxury away from AC power). The current generation of Honda inverter generators, including this “EU 2000i,” are smooth and quiet and put out power fit for delicate photo gear.  It’s... Read More