Tag: cactus

A Portable Studio: Part II – The Equipment

In a previous post I discussed how I had decided to invest in my own studio lighting that I could easily pack up and transport with me when doing studio shoots. This has the obvious advantage I don’t have to rely on the vagaries of what’s on offer at the

Cacti – Up Close and Personal

Just what it says on the tin really, a few macro shots of cacti from my conservatory taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and M.ZUIKO 60mm f/2.8 macro lens. Click on an image to see an enlarged version with EXIF data and the option to see full size.

A Still Life Studio

During these wet and cold winter months getting down to some serious photography projects outdoors can be a bit of a challenge. One good way of keeping up with your photography during this time is to try making some indoor still life images. Here’s a simple still life studio setup

A Complete Portable Lighting Kit

So after much deliberation and faffing around with various different flash guns (AKA strobes if you’re reading this in the US), triggers and stands here it is – my complete portable lighting kit. It consists of: RF60 Cactus Wireless Flash x 2 V6 Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver Manfrotto Nano Black

One Light, One Model, One Abandoned Place

‘The Gem’ is an abandoned building in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham available to hire for photography. If you catch it at the right time of day it has some great natural light streaming in through the windows. As the days get shorter and the sun is lower in the

Off-Camera Flash with the OM-D: Part III – Flash Settings

In two previous posts on the subject of off-camera flash (OCF) I discussed the kit needed as well as an actual shoot. Since those two posts I’ve discovered the amazing Cactus flash system which I’ve written about here. Prompted by some questions from a reader of this blog I realise

Urban Fashion @ The Gem

The Gem is a great disused space in the centre of the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham where I worked with the model Sinead McKenna on an urban fashion shoot recently. Outside the sun was shining so there was lots of great natural light inside meaning I only had to resort

A Studio Shoot Without a Studio

Recently a makeup artist friend asked if I could help out with her NVQ course by doing some before and after portraits of models she wanted to practice her makeup skills on. What I didn’t quite appreciate when I agreed to do it was that she wanted four looks on

An Outing with the Cactus

As discussed previously I recently invested in a couple of Cactus RF60 flashes as well as the V6 transceiver for the sole purpose of doing off-camera flash. The great thing about the Cactus system is that the flash guns have their own built in transceiver so you don’t need to

The Perfect Off Camera Flash Setup?

I’d never heard of the Hong Kong manufacturer Cactus until I attended this years Societies Convention at the Hilton Metropole, Edgware Road in London. Not only was their UK distributor at the trade show demonstrating the product but they were also mentioned favorably by a couple of photographers whose talks

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