Product Reviews

Elinchrom Beauty Dish vs. Deep Octa

Great lighting is all about the modifiers.  Whether it is the clouds that filter harsh sunlight or the light shaping tools that attach to the front of your strobes - the way you control the light can have subtle (or extreme) differences on your subject. I photographed three models using all the same equipment - changing only the light modifier attached to the front of my Elinchrom 300RX Monolight. The Beauty Dish is a staple, and a favorite, for many photographers, especially those specializing in commercial beauty shots. The Elinchrom Deep Octa is often warmly compared to the Beauty Dish...

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AquaTech Underwater Housing

AquaTech Underwater Housing Canon 5D Mark II In a previous post I reviewed underwater point-and-shoot cameras. The cameras from Olympus and Panasonic were a lot of fun but lacked the control most serious photographers would want. Point-and-shoots are easy to carry and easy to use  and that portability comes at a price though, they have relatively slow shutter reaction, no detachable lenses, can't shoot in RAW format... I could go on. So how do you shoot underwater and still keep the control?  Well the solution is simple - take the Canon 5D Mark II under water with a case from AquaTech....

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The Most Important Purchase

What is the most important Purchase? Some sort of Data Backup, any sort! This is an educational announcement, no inspiration here just wisdom.  If you already have an automatic backup system in place skip this blog post and look at my gallery instead.  If you don't have an automatic backup system then keep reading. I just purchased this one week ago after my 1TB version was all filled up.  This won't be a technical review of hardware... so if you're looking for that look elsewhere. So why is this the most important purchase? You will suffer a hard drive failure at some point in your...

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Underwater Camera Review!

Shooting Underwater is something I've never done before, not really sure why... I don't really have the fancy tanks that a lot of the great underwater photographers have and I guess that kind of always kept me from messing around with it. But then the other day I realized, I didn't used to have most the equipment I use today and that never, ever, never stopped me from experimenting and having fun. So, I decided to give some underwater images a try.  What better way to start out than with some relatively inexpensive, easy to use point-and-shoot cameras?  Both are 14 megapixels, both can go underwater...

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Octagonal Softbox Review

First of all, I have no idea why there isn't a standard name for octagonal softboxes, every company uses their own name - Elinchrom Octa, Photoflex Octodome, Hensel Octaform... it gets confusing!  That said the Octagon shaped soft-box is one of my favorite light modifiers.  Not only does it make for beautiful catchlights it also wraps around the face and body in a way other soft boxes just can't seem to pull off. I wanted to get a new one but I couldn't really find any good reviews on the differences between brands, so I asked B&H to send me a couple to take for a test drive, thanks...

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Review: 2 Light Kit for Less than $400

Review: 2 Light Kit for Less than $400 About a month ago I received an email from B&H asking if I'd be interested in reviewing photo equipment on my blog, all I had to do was tell them what I wanted to review and they'd send it out. Well, I could have done the selfish thing and found something ultra expensive that I've been dying to use (for free) and asked for that, but then I remembered how many people ask me about what lighting equipment I'd recommend for someone that is just starting out, without a big budget.  My stupid bleeding heart got the best of me... so I requested to see some...

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