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“This portrait of my wife, Mary, was made using a Flashpoint II 1220, placed camera right and fired though a 45-inch F.J. Westcott Halo Mono lightbank near its lowest setting. On the left, a DigiPopper 200 fitted with the standard reflector was aimed at the top of her head to act as a hairlight. The image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D at ISO 100; exposure was 1/60 second at f/18 in Manual mode with an EF 85mm f/1.8 lens. A rear-mounted handgrip makes for quick positioning of the monolight and makes it easy to schlep the Flashpoint IIs around. Umbrellas and lightbanks can be mounted via a non-lockable slot that’s built into the monolight’s shell. Each metal-shelled Flashpoint II includes a sturdy reflector that is a good match with the 45-inch F.J. Westcott umbrellas I use. The fan isn’t noisy and does a great job cooling the unit; it never got hot during any of my sessions. The Flashpoint IIs were wonderful to work with and deliver great value for the watt/second.” — Joe Farace
© Joe Farace

Richard Gere
“I took this photo of Richard Gere on a dock for an ad campaign I shot in Orlando earlier this year. Richard was not in direct light; he was sitting in open shade. I used the California Sunbounce Sun-Swatter with a single-stop diffusion to light his hair. I used the Sunbounce Pro and Mini, with silver matte material, one as key, one as fill. What’s great about the Sunbounce reflectors is that they’re sturdier, especially in the wind, they’re easy to transport and set up, and they create a beautiful complement to natural light, which lets me mold and sculpt my subject.” ­­­— Greg Gorman
© Greg Gorman

woman behind screen
“Minimalism was the primary force behind this image—the shot was really about the eyes, the framing, and the subtle translucence of the latex material, revealing just enough to tease the viewer back into the eyes. My approach was to use the Hensel Integra 500 W/S Pro Plus mono light. With its totally controllable remote transmitter/receiver technology built in, I could change the setting on the power head without leaving the camera—the flash sync is also wireless. The Hensel beauty dish with a 20-degree grid mounted in the dish was the perfect modifier. The overall soft falloff of the beauty dish was enhanced by a harder, more defined light striking the middle of the face. It was the perfect reflector for creating definition on the edges of the delicate rubber strips and the model’s awesome stare, the harder light from the center pushing through the material to her lips and skin beneath.” — Robert Sanders
© Robert Sanders

“This photograph, ‘Leah,’ was recognized as the Best in Portrait and People’s Choice Award for the Professional Photographers of California. To create this look, reminiscent of the ’30s and the ’40s, requires a strong, directional light source that produces a beautiful and unique skin quality. My choice of lighting for the key light in this portrait is the Norman 16-inch reflector (5WW-RP) with the glass diffusion dome, the Norman (# G16) 15-degree honeycomb grid, and Norman’s ML600R monolight. The key light was used in the classic paramount position, with an additional light on the background and hair.” —Tim Meyer
© Tim Meyer

woman & flowers
“Four LiteShapers, designed for use with the 24x32 softbox, were attached to cover the front of the box to fully block all light. The two bottom LiteShapers were then bent open to control the light falloff, allowing it to only hit the subject’s face and parts of the hair where light was directed.” —Xavier and Patrice DeLa Paz
© Xavier and Patrice DeLa Paz

Maybe you’re looking to enhance your existing lighting lineup with a new monolight, reflector, or exposure meter. Or you’ve decided you’re ready to cut the cord and go wireless. SP&D illuminates some of the hottest new high-voltage offerings from major lighting manufacturers, all designed to give you ultimate control so you can focus on getting the shot.


Shed light on your subjects, and shed extra weight in the process: Adorama’s Flashpoint II is a family of compact, lightweight monolights available in three models, providing output in 300, 600, and 900 watt/seconds. Each light has a proportional halogen modeling lamp, audible flash-ready signals, and a built-in switchable slave. Both flash tube and modeling lamp are easily replaceable, and the unit will sound an audible (but not annoying) beep after recycling, indicating that the unit is ready to fire again. One of the Flashpoint II’s most useful features is continuously variable flash power settings down to 1/8th power, which enable you to tweak exposure by adjusting the flash instead of the camera’s aperture to control depth-of-field.


Need to shoot outdoors or where there’s no AC power available? Check out the most recent addition to the Lancerlight Series of AC/DC flashes by SP Studio Systems: The SPLL3200K light kit features two SPC3200 AC/DC monolight flashes (with 320 watt/seconds of power), two 40-inch white umbrellas, two 8-foot air-cushioned aluminum lightstands, and one padded equipment carry case made of ballistic nylon. The kit’s compact design adds versatility to any shooting situation.


Known for its specialty light series, Broncolor has come up with an industry exclusive: the Ringflash P and Ringflash C, two new lamps that each boast a modeling light. Designed for the Para B series, the Ringflash P can be moved within the umbrella for a variety of lighting angles and effects, while the on-camera Ringflash C casts half-shadow contours that are ideal for fashion, food, and macro photography. Both lamps feature 3,200 watt/seconds of power, are compatible with all Broncolor power packs, and have two cooling fans.

California Sunbounce

California Sunbounce’s Sun-Bounce and Sun-Swatter are large light shapers, softeners, and modifiers that are quick to set up and easy to transport. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes—from hand-held to stand-mounted—the Sun-Bounce Pro and Mini are two of the most popular models. The Sunbounce Sun-Swatter gets its name from the way it’s used to diffuse or swat light. Super strong, stiff, and stable, the Sun-Swatters can be held overhead or attached to a light stand. Both lines also work perfectly in the studio, by softening harsh lighting.


If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it—just make it easier to use. Calumet Photographic’s latest generation of self-contained Travelites offer the same convenient features as their popular predecessors, along with the option of being able to use them anywhere, thanks to the new accessory Travel-Pak rechargeable battery. The Travelites (a vailable in 750 w/s and 375 w/s models, weighing 7.5 pounds and 6.75 pounds, respectively) feature a combined power variator that controls flash power levels from full to 1/32, as well as fast recycle times, short flash durations, internal stabilization for consistent output, and a built-in photocell. Each Travelite comes with a carrying case that keeps it safe, while in transit, in water up to three feet deep.


It’s full speed ahead in the studio with Canon’s new Speedlite 430EX flash unit, succeeding the Speedlite 420EX model as one of the most functional and powerful flashes in its class. In addition to an increased maximum guide number of 43/141 (ISO 100, in meters/feet), the 430EX is even more versatile with a built-in wide panel, which increases the minimum focal-length coverage from the previous 24mm to 14mm. The Speedlite 430EX flash is compatible with Canon’s E-TTL II (Evaluative Through The Lens) auto exposure technology.


Cutting-edge multi-voltage technology is at the heart of Elinchrom’s EL 400BX Kit, a compact portable-flash-unit kit that comes with all the accessories so you can plug it in anywhere. The digitally stabilized Style BX400 Multivoltage Head features automatic voltage detection from 90 V to 260 V, as well as a recycle time of 1 second in a lightweight monobloc weighing only 4.3 pounds. Each kit comes with two Style BX400 heads, a 16cm umbrella reflector, 83cm silver and translucent umbrellas, two Manfrotto lightstands, and a poly carrying case.

F.J. Westcott

Tungsten halogen or fluorescent? The Spiderlite TD5 accommodates five of either type of lamp. With one light head, you can light for daylight with lower-amperage, cooler-temperature fluorescent lamps, or use higher-output tungsten halogen lamps to achieve a total of 750 watts. Three control switches means you can quickly change the lighting ratio without changing color temperature. The unit is constructed of solid metal and rod points are built directly into the light head for attachment of a softbox, eliminating the need for an adapter ring.


The DigiPro F high-precision exposure meter comes slim, sturdy, and ready to swivel, making measuring and reading easier for professional photographers. The lightweight meter is small enough to sit comfortably in a shirt pocket, while the user-friendly interface can be operated with one hand, since photographers rarely have two hands free at the same time. The Digipro F features incident and reflected light modes, along with flash and ambient light. The unit’s LCD screen allows digital read-out in 1/10 steps, and analog indication of contrast in 1/2-step increments.

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