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Illuminate Your Images
Studio Photography's guide to lighting equipment

The UltraBounce spreads light over 180 degrees. The light can then bounce off nearby surfaces (walls and ceilings) to produce a natural, soft light. An adjustable flap shields the sensor for simple, consistent, automatic exposure operation. Like other LumiQuest accessories, the UltraBounce fits most popular flash units, attaches in seconds with hook and loop, and folds flat for storage.

"The photos of Erica (left) in a yellow blouse were taken in the shade of a Mexican hacienda-style building with light stucco wall construction on a sunny spring day. The first shot we took, with direct flash toward the subject, created harsh shadow on the wall behind her. The second image, shown here, was shot using the LumiQuest UltraBounce on flash, which not only eliminated the shadow but also softened the overall look of the subject. By using the UltraBounce, I was able to create a much more pleasant image."
-Daniel Herron, San Francisco, CA

The compact and powerful Norman ML400 and ML600 monolights can handle everything from the most demanding studio assignments to high-volume portrait and school photography. These versatile systems combine Norman durability with the versatility of today's advanced electronics. A digital readout displays accurate, repeatable settings through a five f-stop range in 1/10-stop increments. The monolights are compatible with more than 100 Norman accessories and light modifiers.

The Auto-Duo-Flash small flash studio with two separate flash heads enables any type of light control with individual light variations, as in a classical studio. You can adapt each reflector with diffuser plates to suit the required light situation to create any number of new light ambiences and highlight patterns. You can also vary the light contrast by altering the distance of the flash reflectors from the optical axis.

Paul C. Buff
The Vagabond II provides portable battery power for all Paul C. Buff flash units and power packs, giving photographers the ability to power their AlienBees, White Lightning, and Zeus systems on location, where power lines are unavailable or unreliable. The complete plug-and-play system arrives assembled and ready to charge inside a heavy-duty nylon carry bag with a padded shoulder strap.

Also from Paul C. Buff: The ZEUS system, which includes two compact, portable power packs (the Z1250 and the Z2500 Power Packs). The packs provide lightweight power and control for ZEUS flash heads, including the ZEUS ZRM1 Ringmaster, the Z2500SH Standard Flash Head, and the Z2500BTH Bi-Tube Head.

Joseph & Louise Simone

Solair PowerLights feature constant color temperature flash output over the entire 8 f-stop power range. The units have a digital display that shows flash output in watt seconds and modeling light output in watts. All Solair models are available with optional PocketWizard radio triggering.

Photogenic PowerLights have all the same features as the Solair PowerLights without the constant color temperature feature. The PL1250 (500Ws) was designed for professionals who prefer analog rather than digital control. Flash and modeling light power levels on the PL1250 are set with sliding switches; there is no digital display.

"We have used Photogenic lights for nearly 30 years and can honestly say that Photogenic makes the most photographer-friendly lights to work with. Photogenic provides the highest-quality light and consistency from flash to flash, which is crucial for the creation of fine images. We chose to photograph this portrait of mother and son (right) in low key to emphasize the serious and inquiring temperament of the young boy. Due to the somber nature of the image, we decided to create as much facial dimension and depth as possible. To accomplish this, we used Photogenic Solair constant color temperature PowerLights with 16-inch parabolic reflectors, diffusers, and barndoors for the main and fill. This produced the specular highlights that would have been impossible with soft boxes. The hair light was a Photogenic PowerLight with diffused snoot to prevent light from splashing on the mother. The same main and fill setup was used on the mother, but at greatly reduced light output."
-Joseph and Louise Simone, Quebec, Canada