A Beauty Dish is a great light modifier to have at your disposal we do two types that fit to Studio Flash lighting heads either Bowens fit or Elinchrom fit. They can be used as a single light for classic beauty shots, they are more versatile than that.
The Beauty Dish comes with an inner reflector that will go in two positions to give a different angle of light, a shower cap diffuser that will diffuse the light coming from thebeauty dish and a grid that slots in using sprung clips to keep it securely in place. This is known as a 42cm beauty dish although the measurement is actually 41cm.
We have a video using it in a tutorial lighting and capturing something dropped into water it can be seen here http://youtu.be/UqM2Zzd5-YI
We have now got an overview video of the beauty dish to show you exactly what the product is and what it comes with.
We have two DSLR Video slider one is 80cm and the other is 120cm in length, both are made from high quality aluminum with sealed bearings.
They both have the same features and can extend legs for tabletop or floor mounted projects but it also has a plate on the bottom. This plate has a female 3/8th hole and four 1/4″ threaded holes. These are photographic industry standards so it can be attached to tripods and heads without worry. The slider has a bubble level to get things level if required and has four sealed bearing to make a very smooth slide, it also has a 3/8th male thread for the attachment of a head. On the front of the slider is a toggle this will lock the head in position and can be tightened to restrict the slide. They both come in zipped bags.
If a tripod head is fitted then the slider can go in any orientation vertically or at an angle.
These are at a very cost effective price at the moment well below the Recommended retail prices. DSLR Video slider
We have made a video so you can see the exact operation of the slider and have also included some samples, I think you can do better.
3D Success with 360 Spins a customer has been very successful and fully utilises 360 spins on their website. Here
They purchased just the software and computerised turntable and used they their own lighting that they already had. It’s important for their customers to see all aspects of the product, they use shots from the spin to show the product off and they also use video. The 3D products are in our 3D Product Imaging category.
They have utilised a grey background to great effect to highlight the product making it stand out so that it is concentrated on the product with their 360 spins. They have used shots individually from the 360 spin in the web page and have another link that goes to the 3D spin with controls to move the image backward and forwards and also enlarge it. They host all the spins on there own site to keep it all in one place but there is also a free place to host your spins and the link to the site is generated instantly, this means you can have a spin up and running very quickly.
There is a great advantage in 3D Product Photography the whole of your product can be seen from the front to the back. The customers can spin this and control it with their mouse, they can enlarge it to see any detail, the 360 animation adds to the images that you already have and are at a low cost.
If you are after a studio lighting bag and don’t want a top end bag costing hundreds then your next stop should be the Smick website as we have a large range of bags and cases. What is a case and what is a bag, well a bag is on the whole soft, a case is mainly rigid I hope that clears that up. You will find all our bags in the Studio Lighting Bags directory.
Our first bag is on Special at the moment has one compartment a handle and shoulder strap and has some padding that is the Studio Lighting Bag A034.You just cannot beat the value for money with this studio bag.
The next bag is a stand bag to hold up to three stands there is very little padding for this bag A005.
Then we have theStudio Bag Medium STB180 which is very well padded and has a padded top and bottom with dividers included this is a great bag in size will hold a lot of gear and is great value for money.
The next one up is the Studio Bigbag STB200 this has the same level of padding as the Meduim bag but is just larger and so will take more photographic kit.
The Excel Studio Lighting Bag – Case STB950 is a totally different shape and is designed to take Continuous Lighting, Video Lighting or Studio Flash in a more compact way, this has padding but has rigid sides and a pocket either side for accessories.
Our top case is the Very Large Studio Lighting Wheely Bag – Case SLB750 his is our biggest case and has rigid sides to protect your kit, this can house a vast amount of Studio Lighting Kit. There is a large divider so that you can create a compartment for lightstands ans other dividers to make smaller compartments.
We have a great 3D product Photography system which comprises of a turntable and software to control it, the turntable is normally called VR or Virtual Reality Turntable. The software stores the images and combines them to make the 360 spins.
The turntable is controlled by the software to allow you to set in the number of steps for your spin,this includes the ability to stop and alter things and take some shots and then carry on. Using our Continuous Lighting Softbox kits we use 2 heads to light the background and 2 lights to light the product to achieve a white infinity image.
The images can be changed and taken into Photoshop if needed but the software has its own editing suite to allow you to enhance or change the window for your shots saving the original image.
The output can be many different formats above is HTML5 these include GIF, SWF, EXE, HTML5 and ZIP files these all can be stored on a free an accessible internet platform to incorporate into websites without using bandwidth.
This is done at the touch of a button to speed up production time with the remote URL available instantly. The images can be stored on your own site and are always kept on the computer you are using, a windows operating system needs to be used in conjunction with the software.
We have several different kits with just the turntable and software for those with their own lighting up to a turnkey system which includes absolutely everything including computer and camera. This also comes with training so that you can start producing straight away.
This is the first of our Video Stabilisersand it will take up to 1.2kg our second stabiliser is coming soon and will take up to 3kg in weight, if you want a steadycam then this is a low cost option.
A phone up to 60mm in width and any length will do a Camcorder DV Camera or DSLR. This will stabilise your shots and it will give much better results than hand holding. We have an overview video to show you what the stabiliser does.
We have some offers now in our Special Offers category which will run over Easter until 5th April.
The 109cm umbrellas are the same price as the 91cm umbrellas a great saving.
Theumbrella softbox acts just like a shoot through umbrella with the added benefit that there is no light spill and all the light is contained. So easy to put up and take down this little gem will travel with you everywhere.
Bowens Fit Snoot with Honeycomb this will fit any S-type fit device and will narrow the light down and comes with the added honeycomb gels can also be inserted and held in with the cap with or without the honeycomb.
Supersoftbox is our best selling video lighting item and is ideal for interview and waist up type YouTube videos. Any camera can be used like a DV Camera, DSLR or Camcorder and has 4 x 50w daylight balanced compact fluorescent bulbs giving the equivalent out put of 800w per head.
The equivalent output is to an incandescent bulb or normal household bulb, the industry standard is to multiply the wattage of the bulb by 4 to give the approx output. Beware companies who multiply by 5 or more to make you think the output is higher, always look for the wattage of the bulb.
Constant lighting is what anyone who shoots video wants and once you have mastered your set up this can be recreated every time it gives you greater consistency.
We have some great tips on how to create your videos and if you want a white background or if you want a chroma green set up then we have some instructional videos.
White background in your video
How to Light for Chroma key
This is a versatile set up for any videographer and is a great resource to make videos giving you a standard set up. We have a 2 head Supersoftbox Lighting Kit and also a 3 head Supersoftbox Kit. If you want an overview we have a video here that will show you the Supersoftbox set up.
Super Softbox Continuous & Video Lighting Kit
If your interested in 3 point lighting then Gavin Hoey made and excellent video for us, it is very easy to understand.
Three Point Lighting Technique
If you want to go full length then we have the more powerful Lightbank Series or the Supersoftbox 5 set ups.
We had a day up at Focus on Imaging in Birmingham and didn’t realise how much photographic equipment there was. A lot of people took their cameras to take shots of models provided and you could try all the latest cameras.
There were lots of Brand owners, Distributors and Retailers, the stand space does not come cheap, once you take the 4 days of the show, a day to put up and take down it is difficult to make it pay for itself. Of course it gets your name known widely but we do it a different way.
Early on we decided to cut out all those people who have mark ups, the Brand owners and the distributors. We own our own Brand Micansu, we choose the items and we distribute them so there is no extra steps which costs money. We choose on the basis of quality first, get the best we can and then look at the price so we try and make sure that items are as good but hopefully better than you can get elsewhere.
We started back in 2005 So how do we get orders? Well we rely on customers who have a good experience and come back to buy more. They in turn will recommend others and with Google gives us a great following.
So don’t expect to see us at a show and you’ll be lucky to see an advert.
We have a great range of DSLR video rigs that use the standard 15mm rods for there construction and we have a good range of accessories for them. If you are just starting out or even more experienced we have a very low cost solution.
The shoulder support video rig is an all in one wonder which allows the rig to be supported by the shoulder and a chest strap. It has a swing out arm with a cold shoe so that you can attach a light, monitor or microphone and will go either side. Another feature is it can sit on a lightstand either level or the ability to angle, we give you an adapter to allow this to fit on any tripod.