David Tejada Shares A Terrific Camera Tip

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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.

Easy Organization for your Speedlight Color Corrections Gels

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It’s simple. A plastic worm bag organizer from Bass Pro Shops and/or a 3×5 recipe card holder from the office supply store. Actually I use them both. I put the CTO’s in the recipe holder because those are the ones we use most and then the more esoteric filters I put in the Bass Pro Worm Folder.  I use a label maker to keep them identified on the baggie and with a sharpie on the filter itself. Makes it easy for the assistants to find and put back the gels in the right place. Go ahead get organized.

 

Guido Karp Workshop with FourSquare and Sunbounce in Los Angeles

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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.

Ringlight and the FourSquare

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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.

Vase, Rods and a Dash of Color

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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 www.lightbreak.com

Home Made and Lots of Fun

Home Made and Lots of Fun

www.lightbreak.com    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!