Portrait Photography Tutorial Using Mains Slave Flash

Slave Flash

Mains slave flash is a great way to get into portrait photography at a very low cost.

The Slave Flash Portrait kit is in the 2 head flash category in our eCommerce site, the kit comes with 2 shoot through umbrella’s, 2 bulb holders, 2 slave flash and 2 light stands. With this kit you can start portrait photography you can use one light to light your subject and one light to light the background or use a main light and a keylight. You can also use the second light as a hair light there are so many options.

We have made a video to show how this can be used.

 

 

Beauty Dish with Bowens fit and Elinchrom fit

beauty dish

Beauty Dish

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.

 

Video Lighting Kits

supersoftbox 4 - 3 head video lightingVideo Lighting with Supersoftbox 4

We now have a Supersoftbox 4 Video Lighting kit, this has softboxes 50 x 70cm with removable outer diffuser. It uses balanced four daylight bulbs 105w 5400k which have a CRI of 90, these are compact fluorescent bulbs. This works well for interview or youtube type videos.

We have a standard Supersoftbox Video Lighting Kit which uses four 50w daylight balanced bulbs, the specification is the same, the Supersoftbox 4 Video Lighting kit uses bulbs with a higher light output 105w balanced daylight bulbs. The good news is if you already have the Supersoftbox you can upgrade it by adding the 105w Balanced Daylight Bulbs.

This kit is also great as a Continuous Lighting kit for still digital photography for 1/2 body shots and head shots which give an exposure of 1/80th sec iso 200 f 6.1 so gives a very versatile exposure range for continuous lights.

There are a range of Video Lighting kits, a single head kit a 2 head kit and a 3 head kit. The 3 head kit comes with 2 – 50 x 70cm softboxes and the 3rd light uses a boom arm with a 45 x 45cm softbox that has 3 x 50w bulbs. There is a choice of boom and there is also a choice of softboxes as there is an alternative choice of 80cm Octagonal softboxes that come complete with an outer diffuser. If you want pure white backgrounds on your video then a 2 head kit is used to light the background. Then either another 2 heads can be used to light the subject and a 3rd hair light can also be used.

You can choose the Supersoftbox 5 video lighting kit which takes 5 x 105w bulbs and has 60 x 90cm softboxes and this is suitable for full length video you can also choose an Octagonal softbox.

Portable Light Stand

We now have a portable light stand and this is great if you are on the move and travel with your tripods, it is so small and diminutive although the large tube is 29.5mm in diameter.

So with a light stand that will go to 2 metres high yet only measures 530mm when it is folded down. We have also made a video that you can view to show you how the light stand works.

Portable Light Stand

July Specials

Here are 3 special offers running until 24 July which is the week before the Olympics start.

Two head 300Ws studio flash kit a solid and powerful studio flash heads which can take Bowens fit light modifiers and accessories is a very versatile flash lighting kit suitable for many applications such as portrait photography, event photography, product photography and much more. Take a look at our overview video showing the features of the flash heads.

Studio Flash SD series Overview

We have £40.00 off this kit 300W 2 Head Studio Flash kit

Large Professional Heavy Duty Lighting Boom If your after a super sturdy boom arm kit this one will last for many years, you can control the head from the wheel at the back and it will hold an amazing 8 Kilo. This has 25% off which is £66.00.

 

Large Professional Heavy Duty Lighting Boom

 

 

 

Large 100 x 150cm 5 in 1 reflector with 20% off


 

 

 

 

 

 

Supersoftbox 5 Continuous and video lighting

The Supersoftbox 5 is our most powerful continuous lighting / video lighting that we have and is probably the highest power of its type on the market.

Using 5 x 105w compact fluorescent daylight balanced bulbs at 5400k in each head which gives out the equivalent of 420w of a normal household bulb, the way this is calculated is to multiply the starting wattage by 4 and this would apply to all of this type of bulb. Some companies will multiply the wattage by 5 times which makes it look like there equipment gives more power than it really does, so find out the wattage of the bulbs they are using and do your own calculation, some of these companies are not small ones either.

In the Supersoftbox 5 kits go up to a three headed kit, the 2 head kit and 3 head kits are suitable for full length portraits and for video lighting quite a big scene, on the back is 2 switches to allow 3 bulbs to be lit or 2 bulbs to be lit, the will also work with not all the bulbs in place.

We have produced a video overview of the Supersoftbox 5

 

 

Supersoftbox 5 single head kit

Supersoftbox 5 2 head kit

Supersoftbox 5 3 head kit

We also have our very popular 3 headed Supersoftbox Kit

 

Studio Flash Lighting

If your thinking of investing in some studio flash then we have some specials on offer to tempt you.

Starting with our 180Ws flash lighting kit this is a two head kit and includes 2 flash heads, 2 light stands, a 60 x 40 softbox, a white translucent umbrella and an 80cm gold/silver reflector we are going to include the Studio Bag Medium which normally sells separately for £33.99 so a great saving. This is an ideal starter kit and you can achieve lots with this setup, we also have 2 videos using this kit the first one is an overview of the kit 180W 2 head studio flash kit with Gavin Hoey doing the honours and we have a Studio Flash Lighting Tutorial also hosted by Gavin.

Next up is our 300Ws flash kit the 300W 2 Head Studio Flash kit again we have an overview video of this Studio Flash SD series Overview this kit comes with 2 300Ws flash heads, 2 light stands, 60 x 80cm softbox, umbrella of your choice, wireless trigger and a lightstand bag. Again we are also going to include the Studio Bag Medium with this. This kit will give you the power and flexibility to tackle most things and you won’t be lacking power.

 

If you want slightly more power then we have the  400W 2 head Flash Kit these 400Ws flash heads have digital readouts to give more accurate power settings, this kit comes with 2 400Ws flash heads, 2 lightstands. 60 x 80cm softbox, umbrella of choice and wireless trigger. There is an overview video E400 and E800 studio flash overview and a 120cm Softbox Portrait Lighting Tutorial video using this the 400Ws flash head.

With this kit we will be including the Excel Studio Lighting Bag – Case.

When ordering do not include a bag the bag we are including will come automatically as part of the kit.

Studio Flash Softbox Lighting Tutorial

In this video Gavin Hoey shows how to use the Ezy Up studio flash softbox with grid, he shows what effect the egg crate grid has and how you can use it to control the light in your shots.

The Ezy Up softboxes come in 2 sizes 80 x 120cm and the 120cm Octagonal softbox, both have internal diffusers, outer diffuser and egg crate grid. The grid is simple to apply and uses the Velcro type attachment they also come in Bowens and Elinchrom fit.

Ezy Up 80 x 120cm softbox
Ezy Up 120cm Octagonal softbox

Studio Flash 180ws

The summer is now over and with autumnal weather setting in our thoughts  turn to what we can photograph indoors and possibly setting up our own studio, with a small studio set up you can take all those family portraits or even start a small business taking portraits and baby pictures. With this in mind we have come up with a great offer on our 2 head M180 studio flash lighting kit a very versatile starter kit, the M180 heads are digital and we have 2 videos, one is an overview and explains exactly how they work the other one is a portrait tutorial to give you some ideas.

180W 2 head studio flash kit video

Studio Flash Lighting Tutorial video

Our special offer is that not only will you get the kit of 2 x M180 heads 2 x stands a 60 x 40cm softbox and an 80cm gold/silver reflector, were going to include a snoot (ST150), a wireless trigger (CYA4), 40 x 40cm softbox (SB4040) and a 91cm gold umbrella (GU110) these extras add up to a total of £88.66. This offer is only available for a limited time check the here to see if still available 180Ws Flash Lighting Kit.

We also have a great adapter available for this unit that allows you to use Bowens fit or S – type fit accessories and light modifiers Bowens fit adapter for flash heads

Not forgetting we also have 300ws – 800ws studio flash kits in our studio flash lighting categories