Tuesday, January 14, 2014, meeting, 7:00PM – Log-in night for Nature & Wildlife Competition
7:30PM – PSRI Critique Night – Participants can submit up to (2) images for critique. Images will be uploaded on PSRI’s computer via a “jump/thumb drive”. Please allow time for you image(s) to be upload, “come early”. Three selected PSRI photographers will critique these images. Photographer’s names will be kept anonymous.
From Mike DiStefano:
2014 has started with a cold, snowy bang here in the Boston area! Right now
temps are hovering around zero degrees and there is two feet of
fresh snow on the ground! Tough to get excited about photography when the
weather is like this but, inspiration comes in many forms. When the
weather is unwelcoming outdoors, think about shooting indoors.
Portrait photography is fun on a stormy day. Your light can be from your
strobes, your small flashes (speedlights), or window light. It is all
good. Personally, I shoot more and more portraits with my Nikon speedlights.
These small strobes are lightweight and very versatile. Two
products that I love to use in the field with my speedlights are Promaster Pop
Up Backdrops and Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe softboxes. Both are
affordable and very portable.
Promaster Pop Up Backdrops come in a variety of colors and measure 6 x 7
(feet). They make for convenient, professional backgrounds anywhere.
They open and close easily and do not require background stands. Simply stand
them against a wall or clamp them to something. Most backdrops
are two sided (different color on front and back) giving you more options for
headshots and portraits. At $159.99 they are more affordable and
easier to use than many muslins.
The Lastolite Ezybox hotshoe softboxes are fantastic. These easily assembled
softboxes are easy to use with speedlights. They come in three
different sizes allowing for a variety of lighting options and each is made to
accommodate your speedlight with a wireless trigger (such as a
Pocketwizard) attached if needed. Since they mount on the outside of the
softbox, they can be used with the Nikon Creative Light System or the
new Canon wireless flashes. The 24 x 24 (inches) softbox gives enough coverage
for headshots, Â¾ portraits, and children. They even come in a
strip box for more dramatic lighting.
So, for those that are experienced and looking to add a more portable element to
their portraits both of these products are worthy to have in
your photo kit. If you are new to portrait photography, each of these products
will give your images a more professional look. In either case
these are a affordable, convenient, and portable products for every
Till next month, happy shooting and stay warm!
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