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eVOLV 200 Output Tests


July 2018 issue Tech

The Adorama Flashpoint eVolv 200 TTL Modular Strobe fills a niche when you need more power than a speedlight but don’t want the hassle or bulk of a monolight. It’s only slightly larger than a hot shoe flash and smaller, lighter, and faster to set up and use than a monolight. It also has a built-in R2 radio remote. I measured output with the eVolv 200 set for manual operation, using a Sekonic L-758DR meter set for ISO 100, 1/250-second shutter-speed, and the incident dome in the retracted... Continue Reading >

Review: Adorama Flashpoint eVOLV 200 TTL Modular Strobe


July 2018 issue Tech

Why would you want the Adorama Flashpoint eVolv 200 TTL Modular Strobe with built-in R2 radio remote? Because there are times when a speedlight isn’t powerful enough and a more powerful monolight is too much hassle. The eVolv 200 has some sophisticated features yet it’s simple to use. In Adorama’s Flashpoint R2 family it fills a power niche between three larger and more powerful siblings—the Xplor 600, the Xplor 600 Pro, and the StreakLight 360Ws Flash TTL monolight—and the Flashpoint... Continue Reading >

Lighting tutorial: How and why to use front, side, and back lighting


December 2017 issue Tech

© Alison CarlinoNo matter what genre of photography you work in, you have to control the direction, color, quantity, and quality of the light falling on your subject. There are three directions I use to create my images— front (or top-down), side, and back. Here’s how and why I use each.FRONT LIGHTINGConsider front-on full sun, where the light is shining straight into the subject’s face or coming in from the top down, such as noontime sun. This type of light is harsh. Clients may... Continue Reading >

Senior portraiture: the experience is everything


August 2017 issue Profiles

Taking high school senior photography beyond the portrait helps Maria Moore stand outThe senior portrait clients of Maria Moore, M.Photog., CPP, have been known to take a hike. Makeup flawlessly applied, hair perfectly coiffed, they might don rain boots, hitch up the skirts of their lovely formal dresses, and tromp through the woods surrounding Huntsville, Alabama, until they reach a creek that’s become one of Moore’s favorite sets. Once there, they glide into the water, sometimes soaking... Continue Reading >

It’s not wedding photojournalism, but it looks like it


June 2017 issue Profiles

Allison and Brian Callaway Polish RealityBefore they stepped behind the camera, both Allison and Brian Callaway made their living in front of it. Brian worked for years as an actor and Allison as a model. Despite living in someone else’s lens, the L.A. couple say neither ever felt comfortable being photographed.Years ago, when Allison and Brian transitioned their Los Angeles-based Callaway Gable Studios to professional wedding photography, they channeled that discomfort. Their experience... Continue Reading >

Lighting how-to: Light wands with two subjects


May 2017 issue Tech

To review the BrightSaber Travel Portable Light Wand by Polaroid ($69.99), I took a break from my typical three-light portrait practices to use continuous lights. I had the Travel BrightSaber and the LightSaber Pro ($170) to experiment with.The Travel Portable Light Wand comes with four color filters and has 10 power settings. Both the Pro and the Travel versions are comfortable to hold and easy to mount on light stands.I wanted the camera-to-subject distance to be far enough away to use a... Continue Reading >

Wall art with heart: A portrait approach that emphasizes prints


March 2017 issue Profiles

Crisp and clean in style yet snug and sweet in spirit, Meghan Doll’s baby and family portraiture isn’t fine art, she says. It’s “heart art.”People get hung up on what constitutes art and what’s appropriate for their walls, she explains. But ultimately what most parents want is something that makes them smile, that swells their hearts, and that reflects the love they feel for their children. “It’s different from fine art,” she says. “It has a different place in your life.... Continue Reading >

Photo how-to: A vivid portrayal of beauty

November 2016 issue News

Take a brief look at how Megan Anderson, M.Photog., CPP, made the Loan Collection photo that landed on our November cover.  Continue Reading >

Natural light is not enough


November 2016 issue Profiles

SCOTT DETWEILER ON THE BENEFITS OF ADDITIVE LIGHTINGMany a photographer has built a business on making images with little more than their camera and sunshine. But is natural light photography enough?“I would argue that even if you’re shooting entirely outdoors, the ability to augment the light is critical,” says Scott Detweiler. “It’s so important to be able to create different looks in different lighting conditions and be able to re-light things to achieve the appropriate... Continue Reading >
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