Intoduction: The Profoto D4 Air

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.  All use tenth-stop digital fine tuning and wide-ranging power.  “Air” equipped heads... Read More

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

Interview: Jeff Kauck, Food Photographer

It doesn’t take long talking to food photographer, Jeff Kauck, to detect his passion for art, light, and photography.  His studio is lit with two giant windows, one facing North, one East.  During our conversation, talk quickly arrives at the finesse of light and color in classic painting.  Jeff explains the concept of Color Lift: “You take a white cup and saucer outside, the shadow is blue, the sunlit highlights are yellow, opposite colors.  With a warm light... 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

Preview: The Phase One IQ180 80MP Digital Back, and the new IQ line

Introduction With the introduction of the new Phase One IQ180 80 MP digital back, Phase One has unleashed an impressive new tool for professional photographers. The Phase One IQ line is scheduled to include three digital camera backs by this summer, the 80 MP IQ180, the 60.5 MP IQ160, and the 40MP IQ140.  The top two are both full-frame 645, the 40 MP version is a familiar crop (32.9×43.9 mm).  All three offer Phase One’s unique Sensor+ system, that cuts resolution... Read More

Introduction: The Leica S2

Introduction With the new S2 camera system, Leica has boldly entered the world of professional imaging at the very top.  The Leica S2 is a tool designed for professional photographers, optimized to churn out big, clear files.  Unlike other cameras in photography’s upper reaches, though, the S2 immediately feels like something familiar, in many ways more closely related to modern 35mm DSLRs than to oblong 645 format cameras. To put our test camera to work, I set up a number... Read More

Introduction: The Profoto Acute 2R 1200

Introduction The first thing a photographer is likely to notice about the Profoto Acute 2R 1200 pack is its tiny size.  This is a little pack, especially for one with 1200 W/s, 6 stops of adjustment range, and the ability — according to my informal tests — to fire consistently at up to 11 frames per second (at its lowest power setting).  It feels beefy, very well constructed, nicely labeled, and has a cute rubber antenna for its built-in Pocket Wizard radio remote receiver. A... Read More

The Creative Reality of Rus Anson

Editor’s Note: Our second featured artist for February is a photographer I deeply respect.  Rosanna brings a deep and practiced commitment to her work.  She skillful works out ideas, from conception to finished print with close attention to detail.  We first met while both studying in the MFA Photography department at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.  Much more of her work can be found on her Website: rusanson.com. History, With a Twist “Some of my fashion... Read More