Steve Thornton compares the Broncolor Para to the FourSquare 30″ (FSK30) and the FourSquare 57″ that is currently in the prototyping stages. While there are many differences in the different lights, you can still achieve great photos with each.
These are a few images from a excellent photo shoot we had here in the studio. They were all lit with a FourSquare softbox with a grid to camera left. To get the intense fiery hair we used a continuos light to camera right and dragged they shutter and blew the hair around with a fan and a leaf blower. The background was lit by a single speed light with a blue CTB gel and a grid. Lastly there was a prototype FourSquare strip light overhead with an orange CTO gel. Thanks to our model Riya Ryan and makeup artist TheArtistKelsie.
This was made using a Ranger pack with a standard reflector, with one of our new Highlight Discs (designed by Dr.Dan) and a 40 degree grid. They come in three sizes and act just like an aperture on your strobe head. We are showing here just one disc in a standard reflector can change the way you think about using a “standard” reflector. Generally, a standard reflector is designed to throw light out there with a specific coverage. With these discs and grids you can come up with amazing changes in how you control your highlight edges.
David Tejada brings us this fantastic tip that is all about optimizing your camera settings for shooting with the built-in flash as a commander for your speedlights. Changing these setting used to be completely impractical due to the time it used to take. Now with this simple switch of controls, the menu to adjust your power settings from the back of the camera is a single button press away, making it a true convenience as opposed to a bell or whistle.
This was shot on location in California during a workshop that Guido Karp was hosting. A wonderful place with curves, ledges, walls, waterfalls, pools, columns and huge spheres to work with. It was built years ago for TV commercials. I believe that it was for a years campaign of hair care products. We were using California Sunbounces and FourSquares. Photographers Steve Thornton, David Mecey, Michael Grecco and Tim Mantoani all gave there two cents during the week long event.
Yes it’s a ring light in the FourSquare. Pretty interesting with and without the diffuser. I was starting to work on a new photo project but got side tracked with one of those crisis items, like spilled milk. When things clear up a bit I am going to see what this really looks like. I am assuming pretty darn even. I am particularly interested without the diffuser.