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Interfit

Been looking at this Interfit STR102 Mini Beauty Dish Reflector for quite some time and finally found the knock-off at Ying Kee in Shamshuipo for HK$168. As for the results, well not bad for a mini-dish, best if added off-camera above subject tilting down aiming at subject but have to be real close for a tight portrait, otherwise, you wouldn’t see much effect.

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Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter on My Sony A900

Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter on My Sony A900

Elinchrom Skyport Receiver

Elinchrom Skyport Receiver

Well it took me less than a week to decide on the wireless trigger system for my Sony gears.  Decided on the Elinchrom EL Skyport system and got it yesterday.  Put it on a few range test and the results were more than satisfactory.  Reasons for picking the Skyport  is because it is way cheaper solution than the Pocket Wizard which is not legally sold here in Hong Kong due to some stupid radio frequency/broadcast regulations.  For the universal radio trigger set (1 transmitter and 1 receiver), it cost less than HK$1,400 (US$180).  Got myself couple extra receivers for HK$790 (US$101); great bargain.  Way better than the PT-04 from Shamshuipo.

In order for the Skyport to work on the Sony system, a cable is needed and so far I only found these from FlashZebra.  It’s the Sony/Minolta proprietary hotshoe to Skyport and it also work with Pocket Wizard and Cybersync.  The price at US$46.50 is a bit steep but the construction is awesome.  Too bad I’m not good at DIY or else I’ll make myself couple.

Sony/Minolta Proprietary Hotshoe to Elinchrom Skyport

Sony/Minolta Proprietary Hotshoe to Elinchrom Skyport

The Hotshoe to Elinchrom Skyport Itself

The Hotshoe to Elinchrom Skyport Cable Itself

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[Updated: 30 March 2009] For a more complete review on the Strobist Lighting Seminar DVD, check out this post from Lighting Mods.

[15 March 2009] Just received the Strobist Lighting Seminar DVD package from Strobist via UPS yesterday.  8 DVDs altogether.  Just finished disc 1 and half way through disc 2.  Will update more when I’m done.

In the package –

  • Disc 1 – Lighting Gear for Beginners (Excellent coverage from cameras, flashes, to DIY snoots and umbrellas.  Very informative).
  • Disc 2 – Morning Session Part 1
  • Disc 3 – Morning Session Part 2
  • Disc 4 – Afternoon Session Part 1
  • Disc 5 – Afternoon Session Part 2
  • Disc 6 – Bonus Material – Conference Room Headshot, Swimsuit Portrait, Kendo Practitioner, Pool Portrait
  • Disc 7 – Bonus Material – Lighting Indoor Basketball, Mountain Bike Shoot
  • Disc 8 – Bonus Material – Group Shot, DIY Macro Box, Sunset Sunflower

Source – Lighting Mods

Wow, real disappointing results with the all new PocketWizard Flex TT5 Mini TT1 when compared to the RadioPopper PX.  The series of videos (8 altogether) indicated that the new PocketWizards only have an effective range of 120 ft. or so in TTL mode whereas the RadioPopper PX have 600+ ft. (another 100+ft. in manual mode).

Source – TriCoastPhoto

Was talking to a few new comers about the use of flash and wireless flash the other day and most of them are very interested in learning more about lighting techniques, equipments needed and the basic setup in terms of flash lighting. I told them the best place to look for these days, would be on YouTube as there are now tons of those tutorials on YouTube which covers different types of photography, lighting equipments and techniques, well-known photographer interviewa and even some behind-the-scene videos showing the photographer’s workflow in a shoot.

Well, back to the question on flash and wireless flash, I think the following short video is a good start to get the hang of what it all means, enjoy.

Source – snapify