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 …

Concrete Background Supports

The motive for this project came from a portrait session in the living room which hit all too familiar space problems. I needed a backdrop and rim lighting, and by the time I had my background set up using a pair of light stands and the two rim lights on another pair of light stands floor space was starting to get a bit tight in a room that already had sofas, TV and other living …