On Lighting

  • Joe McNally and I Team Up This Summer For a Workshop In The Caribbean

    Apr 27th, 2009  |  19 Comments

    I’m sitting at my desk one day—the phone rings, and I hear, “Hey, ya Mook; it’s McNally.” He told me he called to tell me that he was putting together a special week-long small-flash lighting workshop in the amazingly beautiful, lush, tropical island of St. Lucia down in the Caribbean, from July 5-12th. He toldContinue…

  • Lighting Gear Deal This Week on Larry’s NAPP News Show

    Apr 24th, 2009  |  5 Comments

    I know a lot of you already watch Larry Becker’s weekly NAPP news report, but for those of you who haven’t caught his show yet, one thing I like about it is that he always covers different stuff from one week to the next. He just did a great interview with Corey Barker about theContinue…

  • Studio Strobes vs. Small Off-Camera Flashes

    Apr 20th, 2009  |  89 Comments

    I finally got around to covering a question that I get asked so often from readers here on the blog, and that is: “What is the difference between off camera flash (like a Nikon SB-800 or SB-900, or a Canon 580 EXII), and a Studio Strobe?” If I have time, I sometimes answer people backContinue…

  • “Beauty Style” Headshot: Behind The Scenes

    Apr 13th, 2009  |  44 Comments

    I got a few comments on Friday asking how I did the “beauty style” headshot featured in Westcott’s new Lighting catalog, and so I thought I’d show how to light it here. The shot you see in Westcott’s catalog (which was taken with 2 Spiderlite TD-5—scroll down to the next post to see the shot),Continue…

  • Follow-up to my Elinchrom BXRI 500 Strobes Review

    Mar 20th, 2009  |  11 Comments

    After I posted my video review of the Elinchrom BXRI-500 strobes earlier this week, I was contacted by the folks at Bogen Imaging (who distribute Elinchrom gear here in the US), and who watched my review and saw that one of my few minor “dings” about them was the fact that you needed to keepContinue…

  • Review: The New Elinchrom BXRI-500 Strobes

    Mar 16th, 2009  |  69 Comments

    I’ve been working with the newly introduced Elinchrom BXRI-500 studio strobes, and I did a video review for you guys (below) to look at the pros and cons of this new mid-level set-up. Here’s the link to the complete Elinchrom BXRI 500 kit at B&H Photo (They currently show it selling for $1550, with twoContinue…

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