If you have a backdrop to hang then you are going to need a background support. We have 2 different background supports one is more heavy duty than the other, they are both made from aluninium have telescopic poles that close down to the smallest at about 1.2 metres and will expand up to 3 metres, the poles extend and twist to lock. The standard support will go upto to 2.6 metres high and the heavy duty background support will go up to 3 metres in height.
Backdrops are Vinyl which are good and last a long time these normally come with an internal aluminium core this just slips over the telescopic pole but are expensive. Then there is paper which can come in a variety of colours this is good and a new pristine piece of paper can be pulled down for each shoot which can make it expensive. The third option which we sell is cotton muslin, this has the natural ability not to be shiny but as it is cotton will crease, this is the most cost effective backdrop.
To help with the creases in cotton muslin hang the backdrop which comes with a 3 inch rod pocket and use a spray bottle with tap water in it and mist the backdrop the moisture will help the creases by relaxing the material, steaming is also a good option to remove creases, the muslin can also be laundered on a cool wash. Try not to light the backdrop at an oblique angle as this will show the creases.
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.
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 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.
The Multi Purpose Boom Arm has been out of stock for too long and we apologise for that but now it is back in STOCK!!
This is a very portable boom arm not only that it can be a 4 metre lightstand I can’t believe anyone needs one as big as that though. It has a softbag for the counter balance which means you dont have to cart around heavy counterbalance weights, just pop in a couple of bottled water containers filled with water, when the shoot is over just empty the water out and you have saved all that weight.
The multiclip is two clips joined together with a metal rod, this is used to attach flags to lighting heads, no not that sort of flag. Also called french flag the purpose is to block light from spilling onto things that you don’t want lit. So a piece of black card will do and the multiclip allows you to position it for the greatest effect to block light from effecting the camera or the background or part of the image you are creating. Multiclip
The Next clip we have is a Backdrop Clip it does what is says on the tin it holds fabric back drops without damage, it grips the fabric between two plastic parts and cumulinates in a metal quick release ring. Several of these can help stretch the backdrop taught and remove any creases. Backdrop Clip