Posts tagged Ring Light

Tanja and Sarah

Last week a John a  friend of mine was in town visiting, so I organises a last minute studio shoot. Tanja had only been to the studio once before when I was blogging the lightblaster, so this was a great chance to work together again. She was accompanied by Sarah who I quickly dragged into the shoot and she also was a great help setting up the scarves we used, so a special thanks the the girls.


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Godox Light Modifier test

This week I was in the studio testing several different light modifiers from Godox they included the 180° light sphere the snoot and the 3 in 1 beauty dish / gridded softbox. This isn’t a “right or wrong way to use them” blog, I just wanted to document the differences for every one to see. None of these lightmoidiferes are expensive so getting the light setup you want and need should be an easy task.


The basic test setup for our test 

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Bare Bulb flash systems …. Part 4 Tips and Tricks.


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I have been gathering up several  tips and tricks based on what I have seen other people doing with their bare bulb flashes including 3rd party accessories

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Bare Bulb flash systems …. Part 3 using them in reality.

Because Godox use a Lumedyne style mount the same as Quantum Q flashes a lot of the light modifying accessories are interchangeable. The may be some minor compatibility issues between some systems but from what I have researched around the net there is a great amount of compatibility between the systems and not only with the modifier mount e.g. using 3rd party trigger for HSS, adding several Godox power packs in to a Q flash to reduce recycle time. Not every accessory will be required and using what you already have is logical.


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Bare Bulb flash systems …. Part 2 Accessories


 A very simple bayonet system used by the flashes I have

System Accessories

Once you have a bare bulb flash you will eventually want to use some light modifiers: umbrellas, soft boxes etc. There are several light modifiers, cables, triggers, colour gels and other accessories on the market to get you started, but you can also use a lot of existing “Strobist” style kit that you may already have. As I’m use one of the re-banded Godox Witstro systems called Genesis Reporter there will be a natural bias in the information I have as its all based on my experiences.

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Bare Bulb flash systems …. Part 1 Getting Started

I remember the first time I saw a the original Sunpak 120J I knew that they had me in mind when they designed it, but it just sold for crazy money second hand on E-Bay. Then a while ago several flash manufactures caught onto the idea and started making barebulb strobes in the similar style and you could say a few generation of flash was born…..

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Marlen and Ulli

First off I want to thank Ulli and Marlen for jumping in last minute when my other model couldn’t make it. As is often the case with my Monday night shoots I was joined by another photographer this time fellow lightGIANT Tom bought his Leica …..


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Bokehlicious with Nora


Original last Friday night was planed part 2 of the Star Wars project. But unfortunately Darth Vader was sick. I asked Nora if she had time for an impromptu shoot. I’ve had some lighting ideas in the back of my head for a while so this was the perfect chance to test them out.



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Walimex Beauty Ring Light 50W

Walimex Beauty Ring Light 50W


I picked this up on E-Bay last week as a spontaneous purchase. It cost me about 90€ but usually sells for around 99€ (only a minor saving). I have been looking for a cheap powerful ring light for a wile. I have a powerful ring flash but its minimum setting is to powerful for any narrow D.O.F with out adding an ND filter. I laso wanted something that uses mains power so I don’t have to think about battery packs when I’m in the studio.



I have mixed feelings about Walimex can be very hit and miss with their quality control. We have had large Octo-boxes simply fall off the studio flash…. and that was from the supposedly PRO range. But then their air cushioned large light stand was a great buy and has outlasted even more expensive brands.

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