It’s a great week to be a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens lover! We are offering 25% off the latest version of this awesome lens from Canon, Nikon and Sony! These specials are good for orders that SHIP this week ONLY. They must either ship from here by Friday, or be picked up locally by Saturday. This discount is for rentals only, not purchases.
Every week, we post a photography-related tip on our blog. These tips are typically inspired by questions we get from our customers. Sometimes we might feature a technique tip, and sometimes a gear recommendation. If there’s something specific you’d like to see in this section, let us know. Email us at [email protected]
This week, we bring out our favorite lighting videos. Whether it’s about small flashes or studio strobes, lighting is something we get an awful lot of questions about. So, we decided to put together a short list of our favorite lighting-related video tutorials to help you get going. These are paid videos, but are worth every penny, since the instructors are some of the best in the business.
Joe McNally’s “Language of Light”: Joe is easily one of the best lighting instructors in the world, and his “Language of Light” DVD set is pure genius. Whether it’s shooting a family portrait, or hanging off the back of a truck to capture speeding downhill skaters, Joe does it all and does it incredibly well. He’s funny, engaging and eloquent, and while he doesn’t make it look easy, he does help you understand his methods and techniques, letting you learn a lot in the process.
David Hobby’s “Lighting in Layers”: David Hobby became famous for starting what is now considered to be the bible of small flash photography websites. Strobist.com has become the go-to site for folks looking to learn about lighting with small flash, and to his credit, David pretty-much gives away a ton of information for free there. His “Lighting in Layers” DVD, however, ratchets things up to a whole new level. Six full shoots span nine hours of video, replete with lighting diagrams, commentary and on-the-job demos. For lighting enthusiasts and aficionados, this is definitely worth checking out. .
Scott Kelby’s “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it!”: This one requires a subscription to KelbyTraining.com, but is totally worth it. Scott takes you through a complete shoot, from lighting setup, to shooting, to the retouching process. Throughout the entire tutorial – which is actually broken into three parts – he describes all the gear, software and techniques he uses in great detail, leaving few, if any, questions in the minds of the audience. Scott’s class got so popular, it spawned a book and a nationwide teaching tour of the same name. If you don’t have a subscription to KelbyTraining, they do have a free trial so you can check out the class during that. Get the subscription, however, because it also gets you access to another video on this list. .
Zack Arias teaching studio lighting at creativeLIVE.com
Zack Arias’ “Studio Lighting.”: This is easily THE go-to course if you’re just starting out and want an immersive, extensive course. Shot over three days, this workshop form creativeLIVE is absolutely stunning in the amount of instruction it provides. From learning how to setup a shoot to why you start with, say, a soft box to what that does versus an umbrella or a beauty dish, to measuring exposure, this workshop has it all.
Zack is a fantastic instructor; he’s humble, self-deprecating and brutally honest. This is a guy who’s not afraid to let his mistakes be a teaching tool, and you’ll see that in this video workshop. Moreover, he doesn’t assume you know something about lighting already, so he explains things very thoroughly. Even experienced folks will get something out of this workshop, so don’t pass it up. .
Syl Arena’s “Working with Speedlites”: This two-part course, also available from KelbyTraining.com (the same place you can find Scott Kelby’s class, mentioned above) is a nod to the Canonistas out there. Since David Hobby and Joe McNally are Nikon users, their classes invariably involve heavy use of Nikon cameras and flashes. Syl’s class, on the other hand, is all about Canon flash photography.What’s really cool about this class is that it does what your Canon flash’s manual should have done, but didn’t. Syl breaks down Speedlites and explains everything in detail – but he doesn’t stop there. There’s plenty of technical information to give you lots of “Aha!” moments, but then he shows you just how to use those flashes in actual shooting situations. The class is broken into two parts, one for working with single Speedlites, and the other for working with multiple Speedlites. If you’re a Canon shooter and want to get into the world of small flash photography, this is your go-to class.
So that’s the list of our favorite lighting videos. Got a recommendation of your own? Leave us a comment, and let us know!
Should we carry medium-format gear like this Phase One?
We get asked about medium-format photo gear like Phase and Hasselblad quite often from some of our pro customers. Since the market for this kind of gear has been pretty small and specialized in the past, we haven’t given it much thought, but there appears to be a new surge of interest in MF (medium-format) gear from some semi-pro and even amateur photographers. So, we thought we’d put the question to you.
We’ve created a petition of sorts for you folks to sign. If you want us to carry medium-format gear, please take a moment to sign it. Your email addresses will not be sold to a third-party for any purpose and we will not spam you.
We look forward to hearing from our customers!
Welcome to Cool Stuff, a weekly feature where we post our favorite links from the past week, including our favorite articles and how-tos, videos, images and more.
Fuji users are gonna be even more insufferable than ever. The XPro 1′s sample images look ridiculously good. Christian Fletcher has some images on his blog (check out the ISO 6400 sample and be ready to pick your jaw off the floor). There’s also an ISO 25,600 image here.
Up on the special block this week are three awesome lenses for Canon, Nikon and Sony shooters! These special prices are only for orders that SHIP this week. This means it has to be shipped by Fed Ex by the 10th, or picked up locally by the 11th. There are no exceptions and these prices apply to rentals only – not purchases. Let’s check out the lenses!
Special #1 – Take 25% off Canon 8-15mm f/4L fisheye lens with the code “Fishfun” (without the quotes).
Special #3 – Take 25% off Nikon 85mm f/1.4G with the code “Nikon85″ (without quotes).
Special #3 – Take 25% off Sony 70-200mm f/2.8G with the code “Sonypromo” (without quotes).
We hope you take advantage of these awesome prices – thanks for renting everyone!
Every week, we post a photography-related tip on our blog. This week’s tip is about inspiration. Since one of the keys to becoming a better photographer is to look at the work of other photographers, here’s a few sites we go to for our inspiration.