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Gina Manning’s Conceptual Fashion Shoot with LumoPro Modifiers

A big part of fashion photography is making your images stand out, and one major contributing element to a unique look is lighting. Fashion photographer Gina Manning recently used LumoPro modifiers to achieve the edgy, cinematic look she wanted. All photos by Gina Manning and used with permission.

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Photo by Gina Manning

Gina used a combination of the LumoPro beauty dish, octabox and stripboxes to create a variety of intriguing images for her conceptual “La Reine Des Dieux” shoot. The video below gives a behind the scenes look at how the shoot came together and shows the gear in action!

Gina will be hosting a release party for the full set of images in a few weeks. If you are in the Boston area, be sure to get out and see the collection in its entirety. Find more info and RSVP here!

Release party August 5th, 5-9 PM, 460B Harrison Ave, Boston

See the full set of images and hang out with Gina!

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Photo by Gina Manning

About Gina Manning

Gina is a high-concept fashion photographer fascinated with telling intriguing stories. She brings a cinematic quality to every shoot she designs; from creating atmospheres that set a surreal tone to selecting models with character to tell the perfect story. For her, it’s about the collaboration of gorgeous clothes and gorgeous ideas.

Her subject matter is largely focused on the concept and power of a confident and beautiful woman. Always with an obsession of the subconscious and the control that the mind has over an individual, she’s constantly incorporating the things that keep her up at night in her photographs.

Over the years she has honed in on a style that captivates the eye with light, color and texture. Gina believes in creating new worlds for fashion to exist outside of the ordinary.

You can find more of Gina’s work at www.ginamanning.com.

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Double Flash Bracket Review with Nick Kilford

This post originally appeared on Love to Light. All images by Nick Kilford. Used with permission.

It’s easy as a speedlight shooter to be frustrated by the lack of available modifiers. It is one of trade-offs when using small flashes – the modification options can be small, fiddly or ineffective. While there are some superb options out there, sometimes you just want to go BIGGER.

You could stick with an umbrella. It’s a tried and true option that offers quite a bit of versatility. But if you want more control over light spill, or if you already have softboxes you use with studio lights, you’re eventually going to want to mount those speedlights in a standard softbox.

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The LumoPro Double Flash Bracket, in all its glory. Photo by Nick Kilford

Enter the Double Flash Bracket. This unassuming little piece of engineering allows you to use small flashes with big modifiers. Photographer Nick Kilford recently shared his thoughts on the Double Flash Bracket on his blog, Love to Light.

“To sum it up, the LumoPro Double Flash Bracket is a nifty little tool at a reasonable price that will allow you to not only take full advantage of the softboxes you may already own, but also gives you more options when it comes to preparing for a shoot.”

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Variable shoes on the bracket’s adjustable arms fit any speedlight. Photo by Nick Kilford.

Check out the original post here for Nick’s take on the Double Flash Bracket and make sure to explore the rest of Love to Light’s posts for loads of lighting and photography tips! You can see more of Nick’s work here.

 

Shooting Jewelry with Daniel T. Jester

Setting Up to Shoot Jewelry with Daniel T. Jester

This is a guest blog by Daniel T. Jester. All images by Daniel T. Jester. Used with permission.

One of my favorite things to do is leverage my skillset as a product photographer and help small businesses with their photographic presence. A business’s image identity ties directly in to their brand, but the challenge of shooting product is only a small part of the mountain of things that need to be done day to day.

Recently I had the opportunity to meet up with Emily Kaniasty of Art & Soul Beads (artandsoulbeads.com) and Amanda Dougherty of The New Blak (thenewblak.com) at their storefront space in Louisville, Kentucky. They were looking for a little help in shooting their jewelry for their respective websites. I brought along some of my favorite LumoPro tools, and we set out to shoot some jewelry, as well as some editorial shots to be used in social media.

For their website images (what we call “catalog images” or primary selling shots), Emily and Amanda were looking for a clean, on-white presentation of some of their pieces. My set up of choice for this situation is a clear plexi or glass plate, separated from the white background. This allows us to light the background separately and control the output without too much worry of spill onto our necklace. We weren’t going to have a ton of space to set up in their retail location, so I needed a set up that was compact, but could get the job done.

LumoPro Spring Clamp and Umbrella Swivel Setup

Spring Clamp mounted on LP634 Umbrella Swivel holds the glass in place.

My background was a simple white collapsible reflector hung on a light stand. The glass plate where our necklaces would hang was held up with one of my new favorite grip tools, the LumoPro Spring Clamp. The Spring Clamp, in this case coupled with the LumoPro Umbrella Swivel, is a really great tool for holding stuff. It functions perfectly here – holding my plate glass in place and giving me a solid spot to put our product.

LumoPro Spring Clamp and Umbrella Swivel Setup

White reflector serves as the perfect compact background.

Clamped onto the stand holding the plate, was the LumoPro Studio Clamp with an LP180 aimed toward our backdrop. Rounding out the rest of my set up was my LumoPro compact stand, used here because I could use it on top of the existing work table without it putting my light too high. Up top was another LumoPro LP180 with the double flash bracket and 16″x24″ soft box.

LumoPro Compact Stand and softbox setup

7.5′ Compact Stand holds the Double Flash Bracket and small softbox as the key light.

Pullback view of the jewelry setup

Pullback view of the whole setup. Lots of light in a small space!

Last but certainly not least, we had PLENTY of fill cards on hand. The trick to shooting jewelry (or anything reflective) is that it doesn’t matter how much light you throw at the subject, if the light is reflecting off the piece and out into space, your subject is going to appear dark. You need to put a fill card in the reflection to capture that light.

In the end, using some of my favorite LumoPro gear, we were able to set up a robust jewelry photography set that didn’t take up a ton of space and could be packed into a fairly small bag.

Jewelry shot by Daniel T. Jester

The final product. (See what we did there…)

Technical Details:

Camera: Fujifilm X-T1
Lens: Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm Macro
Strobes: 2x LumoPro LP180
Modifiers: LumoPro 16×24” Softbox
Radio Triggers: Pocket Wizard Plus III

Connect with Daniel on Twitter or his blog. Or see more of his work at http://www.danieltjester.com/

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Test Driving the LP180 and LumoPro Beauty Dish

This post originally appeared on Ben Faske Photography. All images by Ben Faske. Used with permission.

Recently, freelance photographer Ben Faske had a chance to shoot some portraits with the LumoPro LP180 Quad-Sync Manual Flash.

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Photo by Ben Faske

He used one LP180 in the LumoPro 22″ Universal Beauty Dish for a super simple setup that created some beautiful images.

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Photo by Ben Faske

For more information on the gear Ben used and to see the final images, check out the original post.

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Quick Tip: Flash Zoom Won’t Change?

So you have a LumoPro flash. Congratulations! You’ve officially joined the “LumoPro Fan Boys/Girls Club! (Meetings are bi-weekly. Make sure you bring snacks.)

As you are checking out every detail of your shiny new flash, you notice something. The zoom setting isn’t changing. You push buttons. You turn it off and on again. You shake the flash vigorously. But, nothing.

Have no fear! Your flash is perfectly fine, and you can fix this little hitch with one simple step. Just push in the wide angle diffuser on the top of the flash!

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That pesky little flash diffuser!

When the wide angle diffuser is engaged, your LumoPro flash automatically sets the zoom to 14mm. On your flash’s LCD display, you will see a flash head icon appear whenever that diffuser is out. You won’t be able to adjust the zoom while the diffuser is engaged.

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Just look for the flash head icon

If you run into this situation, pull the diffuser out and then push it all the way back in until you hear and feel a click.

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Click!

Once the diffuser is replaced, the flash head icon will disappear, and you’ll regain control of your flash’s zoom setting.

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Look at all those zooms!

If you have any questions about your flash, contact our stellar customer service team at support@lumopro.com.

New Authorized LumoPro Dealers Now Open!

LumoPro announced that the company is expanding its dealer network in the United States. Previously exclusively available in the US at Midwest Photo Exchange, this expansion will make LumoPro products locally accessible to more customers.

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Three new dealers: B&C Camera in Las Vegas, Nevada; Looking Glass Photo & Camera in Berkeley, California; and Precision Camera & Video in Austin, Texas are now authorized dealers of LumoPro products.

“Local camera stores are an integral part of the photo community,” says Janae Miller, LumoPro Brand Manager, “and we are so excited to be partnering with more of these stores to bring our products to even more photographers!”

LumoPro products will be in stock and available for sale at the new dealers starting today.

Photo specialty retailers interested in carrying LumoPro products can contact admin@lumopro.com.