Portrait Tutorial using Continuous Lighting

In this tutorial Gavin Hoey explores the use of shallow depth of field to shoot atmospheric portraits in the studio using continuous lighting. He’s using one of our Lightbank Softbox lighting units with daylight bulbs and explains just how you can achieve the same with examples along the way.

Along with the Lightbank Softbox is the sister unit Lightbank 350 that has the same power but with barn doors and a front diffuser. We have a whole range of continuous lighting not only for digital photography but also for video lighting.

In this video Gavin is also using the multi purpose boom arm.

Studio Lighting Bag off for Comic Relief

We are taking money off most of our studio lighting bags / cases and also giving money to Comic Relief.

Large Stand Bag is down to £23.00 and we will give one pound to Comic relief for everyone sold.

Studio Bag Medium is down to £30.50 and we will give one pound to Comic relief for everyone sold.

Large studio Lighting Case / Bag is down to £136.00 and we will give five pounds to Comic relief for everyone sold.

Donations will be made on all bags purchased from now until the end of Rednose Day on 18th March 2011

Studio Flash Portrait Lighting

Take one of our 400ws studio flash heads and a 120cm octagonal softbox, we also sell 150cm octagonal softboxes and see how you can achieve a soft wrap around light by following this delightful video anyone can achieve. In the video tutorial the versatility you can get with just a simple set up, add another flash head and using the large softbox as a backdrop achieve a pure white background, this is similar to how Lastolite use their background light boxes. Gavin Hoey presents this in a simple to understand manner without much jargon.

120cm Softbox Portrait Lighting Tutorial

In the E series studio flash heads and studio flash kits we have two power model 400Ws and 800Ws strobes both these have the same function and there is also an overview video.

E series overview video

We also have our popular SD series studio flash heads and studio flash kits there are two model 300Ws and 600Ws again the functions are identical on both these models and there is an overview video.

SD series overview video

Continuous Lighting – Video Lighting

Were here again stocks of a lot of our continuous lighting / video lighting has almost run out, we ordered in plenty of time and the new stock should be sitting in our warehouse right now. Our supplier had a problem which meant they shipped it a month late, very frustrating, finally its on the way but will not arrive until the 7th March.

We do have some other kits that are in stock, an often overlooked continuous lighting kit suitable for video lighting, product photography and small room sets is the 2 Light Studio Lighting and Umbrella continuous lighting kit now using the 125w daylight bulbs which gives out the equivalent of 500 watts of light. This kit is ideal for travel or storage as its light, compact and comes with a low cost it can also use the umbrella softboxes. We use a ceramic bulb holder with this kit which means it can take this wattage light whereas the plastic bulbholders are only suitable for a maximum of 60 watt bulbs. This kit also comes combined with slave flash units 2 Light Studio Continuous Lighting and Slave Flash Umbrella set.


Don’t forget we still have the superb Lightbank softbox kits if you need more light as they have 7 x 50 watt daylight bulbs and a 100 cm softbox.

We do have other Photography lighting the stocks of studio flash kits are good and of course lots of studio lighting accessories. We have Elinchrom fit softbox and Bowens fit softbox which are very popular also smaller 40 x 40cm softbox and 60 x 40cm softbox to fit mini studio flash units including Portasflash.

We have some good news in that we are increasing Elinchrom fit items namely beauty dishes that will have honeycomb attachments available, some fast erecting softboxes with eggcrate grids available, also available in Bowens fit. More off camera flash items are coming more of that later, its not due to arrive until April will keep you posted on exact dates later.

Continuous Photography Lighting

We are now in a new year with VAT going up to 20% making things a bit more expensive we have decided to add extra value to our popular 3 head super softbox kit and the 2 head Supersoftbox Kit.

We are going to include the 2.6m stands for the price of the standard 1.9m stands, so when you order you just need keep the standard options and you will get the 2.6m stands. This will run up to the end of January, it is one of our most popular kits and ideal for many applications we have a great overview video Super Softbox Continuous Lighting Kit.

Well what can it be used for, it is brilliant for video lighting and it has several advantages over the more traditional redhead lighting, the first one being it uses 5400k energy efficient daylight bulbs so no need for gels to correct the colour temperature to daylight. They are also so much cooler than a halogen type bulb and because of this they are typically called cool lights, with the softboxes they give a nice soft light and we have a fantastic video by Gavin Hoey to show the 3 point lighting technique. The softbox diffusers can be removed to create a slightly harsher light to give a different feel.

They can also be used for still digital photography, not as versatile as studio flash but what you see is what you get, also for nervous subjects such as animal and small children no surprise flashes to disturb them we have a video showing a simple portrait setup Portrait Photography using Continuous Lighting

Product photography is another area where this is just fantastic whether the item is small or a larger room setting it can accommodate both.

In this kit we used 50 watt energy efficient balanced daylight bulbs this is double the light output of some large competitors who only supply similar type units with 25 watt bulbs so this is something to watch out for when deciding your purchase.

3 head Super Softbox Kit

2 head Supersoftbox Kit

Videos

Super Softbox Continuous Lighting Kit

3 point lighting technique

Portrait Photography using Continuous Lighting


Studio Flash Lighting

Our SD300 300Ws and SD600 600Ws, studio flash heads and kits are now back in stock. They are robust heads and very simple to operate making them a great choice for the enthusiast and the professional, we have sold these over three years now and get some glowing feedback for them. We also have the E series studio flash with the E400 400Ws and for the power hungry E800 800Ws these have added functionality over the SD series which can be seen in the overview videos.

We have single head flash kits, two head flash kits and three head flash kits.

You may wonder why our prices for our studio flash lighting is so low, we are 15% – 20% lower than most of our competitors for equivalent or lower specification heads, how do we achieve this. Well you won’t see any fancy paid for ads or reviews in the magazines, we prefer recommendations which is achieved by customer satisfaction, so we really do prefer to have these lower prices. We only accept orders via the internet as this automates the process and makes it very simple to order it saves a lot of administration overhead all helping to keep our prices down.

We have all these heads + kits and a lot more photography lighting equipment in stock for fast delivery.

SD series overview video

E series overview video

Single head flash kits

Two head flash kits

Three head flash kits



Multi Purpose Boom Arm

We have a new product the multi purpose boom arm it start off as a 4 metre high light stand and transforms into a boom arm. The boom arm parts slots into the main tube of the stand, it then raises up and tilts on the angle bracket. It has a counterbalance bag for you to put your own counterbalance weight in either 2 bottles of water or sand bags we also have the option of adding lockable wheels to your order.

This is a great stand if you need to transport it as the whole thing collapses down to 120cm solidly built made by the same factory as the other two large boom arms.

We now have 4 Boom arms a lightweight boom arm, multi purpose boom arm, heavy duty boom arm and the large heavy duty boom arm.

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Lightbank Softbox Special

The Lightbank Softbox is a very powerful lighting system ideal for video lighting and still digital photography. It uses 7 x 50w energy efficient daylight bulbs that emit 4 x the amount of light that a normal bulb gives off, they are relatively cool unlike tungsten halogen lighting that get very hot. Another advantage over the tungsten halogen lighting is the colour temperature our daylight bulbs are 5400k and can be used in conjunction with natural light we have a video showing exactly that. Lightbank Softbox Lighting

With switches on the back the light output can adjusted allowing any combination of from 1 bulb to 7 bulbs, the large softbox can be used with or without its diffuser, with the diffuser gives a very flattering soft light.

This is why we say this is and alternative to redhead lighting and the 2 head kit is now on special until 30th December we have made it the same price as the lightbank 350 which is a great saving.

Lightbank Softbox

Umbrella Softbox

umbrella softboxThe humble umbrella softbox is sometimes a much better option than a conventional softbox and at the moment is on special. It will fit all makes and sizes of studio flash equipment, it will fit all that can accept an 8mm shaft umbrella. Can be used with cool working daylight bulbs, slave flash units, speedlights in conjunction with the flash bracket and studio flash heads.

It is quick to erect and take down, if you need to be mobile and portrait photography is your thing then you should consider this as it will fit the smallest of rooms. It measures 101cm in diameter, no one should be without one in there photoraphy lighting kit.

This is suitable for cool light continuous lighting kits but not suitable for hot lights like redheads.

Umbrella Softbox