LEDs: The Power of Light

I’m about to start work on a slight overhaul of my lighting equipment, firstly because I hardly have any continuous lighting at the moment and secondly because my studio flashes are a bit big and unwieldy for lighting small subjects. I do have a bunch of portable shoe-mount strobes, which are quite versatile, especially when they’re used with the flexible strobe trigger I built a while ago, but I’m feeling the need for some revamped …

DIY Film and Slide Digitising

As the lockdown continues in the UK (amongst other places) and it’s impossible to get out and about with a camera, it struck me that now would be a good time to do some digitising of the mountain of old slides and negatives that are sitting in boxes in the attic and cupboards. In the past I’ve used a 35mm film scanner to kind of get started on the process, but the results were pretty …

Make your own Lens Coat

On rare occasions I manage to find enough free time to get out and attempt to do some wildlife photography. When this happens I browse through my less than extensive collection of telephoto lenses and dig out my lens of choice – a Sigma 100-300mm f4 HSM. It’s a pretty decent bit of kit for someone on a relatively limited budget, as unlike a lot of cheaper tele zooms it’s actually sharp at the 300mm …

Speedlight Gels

If you have ever read the Strobist blog, among other sources, you’re likely to be aware of the power of gelling your portable strobes. I’ve been using a set of gels for strobes for quite a few years – the cheap solution used to be getting the free Rosco sample packs, but I missed the boat on that one and since I had to pay for mine I ended up buying a set of Lee …

Bokeh Masks for Square Filter Systems

Bokeh isn’t something I use every day, and certainly not artificially shaped bokeh, but from time to time being able to create custom bokeh shapes can add a bit of magic to a shot. Having made a pretty rudimentary set of bokeh masks in the past I decided that it would be good to do an update (or upgrade). For this version the design requirements were: No visible gaffer tape (or other sticky tapes), No …