DIY 36″ Ring Flash

DIY 36″ Ring Flash

I’ve been wanting a high powered ring flash for a while now, but don’t want to plop down $500 or so for an ABR800 and moon unit -So I’ve made my own. It’s 36″ across, 6″ deep, with a generally parabolic / umbrella shape – The original plan was 16 ribs with 4 segments, but eight ribs with two segments will work...Read more
DIY ($36) 4′ x 6′ Diffusion panel / reflector

DIY ($36) 4′ x 6′ Diffusion panel / reflector

I’ve got some outdoor videos planned, and wanted a nice diffusion panel for soft, even light. I wanted something like this, but without the $600 pricetag. So off to the youtubes I went. I decided to build my own out of ripstop nylon and PVC, and I love how it turned out. Shopping list: Ripstop Nylon (60×72) – $12 (11)...Read more
Flashpoint 86″ Parabolic Umbrella

Flashpoint 86″ Parabolic Umbrella

There’s no doubt that umbrellas are probably the world’s easiest lighting modifiers to set up and use, something that makes them so popular among beginners. But why on earth would someone want one that’s this big? Who would be crazy enough to use an umbrella that’s over seven feet around? I have two and love them. I’m specifically talking about the...Read more
PBL Studios (generic) 42″ Umbrella Softboxes

PBL Studios (generic) 42″ Umbrella Softboxes

I love the softness of a large softbox for glamour work. However, shooting primarily with speedlites and other small battery powered flashes, standard softboxes aren’t really a viable option without investing in sometimes expensive standard softboxes and pricey speedrings and mounting brackets. Recently, my preferred budget modifiers are “umbrella softboxes.” These are constructed just like any reflective umbrella, but they...Read more
CowboyStudio 4 Way Flash Bracket

CowboyStudio 4 Way Flash Bracket

I have been searching for something like this for ages, and glad I could finally find a budget-friendly 4 way flash bracket. A couple years ago, I found a product called a “FourSquare” and immediately almost fell in love. I love the idea of multiple flashes on one bracket (I own a few tri-flash brackets already and wanted four,) but $100...Read more
CowboyStudio 22″ Beauty Dish

CowboyStudio 22″ Beauty Dish

Beauty dishes are fantastic light modifiers that can be quite versatile. Bare, socked, or gridded, they offer qualities that many photographers, myself included, rather enjoy. They are my go-to modifier for beauty portraits (go figure) and really dramatic art nudes. The same modifier produces VERY different effects with the simple switch of a diffusion sock to a grid. I’m not...Read more