After I’d had a run of silver cars, I was rather grateful for a black Ferrari 308GT Spider to turn up in Preston, and in rather nice nick too. The brief was for exterior and detail imagery, and the weather was rather good. I really do enjoy my automotive, or car photography.
I use a lot of folding softboxes in various forms, and all in an effort to create a smaller, lighter location kit. I’ve got numerous larger folding Octas and the like, but wanted a smaller softbox for closer work. I’d purchased “no name third party” previously, only to be disappointed with the build quality and the fact it had no inner difuser. So when I renewed my search, I came across the Quadralite Litebox 50×50 folding softbox which was listed on the pixedo.com site.
Product photography doesn’t always need to be on white. On white images are required by a number of e-commerce platforms, such as Amazon, and unfortunately, many clients assume it’s the norm.
I enjoy all aspects of my work, but there are two genres I think are my favourite subjects to shoot. Vehicles and food. With automotive photography, I really enjoy the challenges of large vehicles such as lorries and buses or coaches etc. But I actually enjoy photographing any vehicle, from a truck, right down to a motorcycle, and anything in between.
This review basically came about after a number of conversations I’ve had regarding my “run n gun” setup, which to date, was a Metz 64 AF-1. My original reason for choosing the Metz was the ability to use an external battery pack for reduced recycling times, whereas the current Olympus lineup have no external power option. It kinda came to a head when I did the review for the Quadralite Reporter 200 TTL (Godox AD200 variant), as I found the Reporter 200 to be far more consistent in TTL mode than my Metz. There was a brief conversation with a commenter onLighting Rumours, and it made me reassess my “run n gun” kit. Hence the Olympus FL-900R.
My location kit consists of high powered battery strobes. That said, I do tend to pack half a dozen speedlights for fill and the like, and it’s surprising what you can get out of a speedlight when needs must. Now, considering my location kit is “mature”, and does everything I need, it doesn’t stop me casting a sidelong glance at some of the gear that I see advertised online, such as the Quadralite Reporter 200 TTL and it’s various incarnations. This one came from Pixedo, [https://www.pixedo.com/en/] and arrived extremely quickly and well packed. What made me push the button after so long? Well, I’m an Olympus shooter, and the possibility of radio linked TTL was intriguing. The Reporter 200 is not system dependant, as it has no hotshoe. Instead, it receives it’s TTL instructions, or any communication, via a system dedicated transmitter, such as the Navigator X. Obviously, mine was for the Micro Four Thirds system.
I’ve contemplated medium format for a good few years now. I disliked it in my film days, because it was just far too cumbersome. I possibly didn’t persevere for long enough, but should you really have to adapt yourself to become accustomed to a tool of the trade? I much prefer when a tool can adapt to my particular style of shooting, and meet my needs without unnecessary drama.
I was asked to visit a young lady by the name of Kathryn Whitehill, in Heswall, Wirral who needed some food photography. She had been a contestant on Masterchef, and has a food blog entitled Simply cooked with love. She felt she needed some new images to help kickstart her new site revamp. A lovely lady, and her site is a good resource for home cooking recipes.
I had the opportunity to use the ELB1200 ahead of it’s release at the start of September 2017, and it was something I’d been looking forward to since Elinchrom’s announcement earlier that year. My location kit comprises of 4x ELB400 with an action head and a HS head for each one. And I have to say, they are just superb. They’ve done everything I’ve asked of them and more. So whilst I was keen to road test the ELB1200, I did have that little nagging voice at the back of my mind, quietly whispering “What can it do, that the ELB400 can’t?” I brushed those thoughts aside with the obvious reply “Power!”, but is there more to it?
Quite often, when presented with a dish to be photographed, I want to isolate a specific part of the food, rather than present the whole thing. This could be derived from the main ingredient, or the most photogenic item amongst the whole platter.