Vase, Rods and a Dash of Color



A simple set up showing how the light breaks work. I have talked in a past post about the frame with plastic cardboard sides … this was used to make the pattern on the set wall. (4’x8′) The rods are acrylic colors available from our local plastic supply with a small strobe powering through them to make the “glow”. They kind of act like fiber optic rods. I just threw this together so I could show you how those Lightbreaks work. The wall is for a different idea but after seeing this result I may play with it more. Ah don’t forget

Modifiers for the Speed light … Did you think of these?

Modifiers for the Speed light … Did you think of these?

I just love hardware stores. What I have here a a square picture frame painted black that I use to mount different screens, scrims and odd materials that I find in the store. I have pictured different “bug” screens and a plastic square mesh that I found in the garden isle. They all have a unique look when I employ my speed lights through them. The frame snaps apart for easy travel in my 42″ Lightware Cargo Case and all the scrim pieces lay flat on the bottom of the case.

Get crazy try all kinds of different stuff. You just might find something that adds a unique quality to your images.


Home Made and Lots of Fun

Home Made and Lots of Fun    All different sizes and patterns. They roll up neatly for travel. If you use my snap together picture frames you can build a diffuser/cucoloris to be used with your speed lights while on location. Here is a wooden frame that I leave in the studio and use plastic cardboard to build sides to the frame. I then place a speed light on a stand and power it through this set up. I can get different background effects just by how the head is rotated and how close or far away the head is from the LightBreak pattern. Remember that the zoom level will also change the look. Go ahead … experiment!

Chalk Macro Focus Stack

Chalk Macro Focus Stack


I just had to try focus stacking. As you can see the difference between the two images it really does work. I exposed 12 different images slightly changing the focus back to front. A Nikon D800 was used with a 60mm micro lens. We ran the images through Capture One to the computer so we had some idea of how the focus was changing. It was very interesting.

How would this work on some large industrial facility where you could get everything from the far wall to the near bolt in focus? I am sure this has been done. It must give the image a hyper real existence. Kind of like doing a HDR image to the extreme. Sometimes you can tell it has been worked hard, other images you can’t. Just another tool in the box for digital. I could never have done this on 4×5 sheet film.


Mentor Series Lighting Workshop in San Antonio Texas


Mentor Series Workshops can be a great learning experience. If you are new or just a avid hobbyist of photography this can be a great way to see some of the world, meet some great people and get educated by some of the best photographers working today. This quick snap was taken on the San Antonio speed lighting workshop sponsored by Nikon and SanDisk. A similar speed light workshop will be happening in NewYork in July. The workshop was taught by Dave Black and David Tejada with sideline help by yours truly. See you in NYC in July!