Archive for the ‘Alpha Flash System’ Category

Sony NEX-7 – A User Review

Hi to Everyone here on Alphastrobist,

I would like to share a link to a user review that I have written about the Sony NEX-7 camera.

Sony NEX-7

The review contained some useful information on the use of the Sony Alpha flashes on the NEX-7. Do check out the review today.  There are some useful information on use of the NEX-7 with the Sony Alpha wireless flash in the review.



What is ADI flash metering?

February 18, 2012 1 comment

Hi fellow Alphastrobist users,

I’ve written a short article on the above topic of “What is ADI Flash metering?“.  This short article will give you an overview of the ADI functionality.  Hoepfully the newer Alpha camera system users could learn some stuff form this short article.
Have a nice day!!!

Do write to us if you do have any questions on the ADI functionality.


Fast deployment with the Alpha Wireless during a recent shoot

Got a request to do a quick shoot for a set of menu items for an eating place, and did not have the luxury of a full mobile studio setup with our monolights. Had to go with the strobist approach for this one and did the shoot with only the HVL-F58AM on stand with Photoflex diffuser + the HVL-F20AM as the wireless trigger.

Setup was very simple with only a lightstand and the softbox rig. Just like any of our food photography shoot, we used natural light as the main light and the strobes were there to do fill-ins. Here are the list of items that was used for this session:

– Sony Alpha camera

– Sony HVL-F20AM – mounted on camera used as trigger

– Sony HVL-F58AM – On light stand with Photoflex Mini softbox LiteDome XS rig

– Yongnuo Battery Pack for Sony HVL-F58AM strobes

– DIY foam core – booklet type silver reflectors (one of my favorite DIY tool)

– A shoot through round pp-up disc for softening reflections on the shiny plates and bowls.

– Tripod with head

– Other basic food styling props and of course tissue papers to wipe smudges and marks.

Here are some shots of me getting the shot done – thanks to my team mate who was shooting on the Sony A550.

Food Photography with wireless

I like to make the shots simple and clean for this one hence no props or such.

Mobile Studio On the Streets of Melbourne using Alpha Wireless Flash

May 9, 2010 1 comment

Mother’s Day has been a wonderful time to have a portrait of happy families with Mom. I’ve just completed a Mother’s Day street Mobile studio shoot here in Melbourne Australia.  The alpha wireless strobes setup helped in simplifying the shoot. Space was certainly a constrain but all went well.  Here is a shot taken of the “operations” in the field. Note the white line on the floor that marks out the working area.

Thanks to the easy and quick deployment of the Alpha flash with the Photoflex LiteDome XS we are able to overcome the space constraint.  Also thanks to the little TWIP BOUNCE on the HVL-F20AM that ensured 100% firing of all the strobes on wireless.

Automobile Photography with Sony Alpha Wireless & Photoflex LiteDome XS

Topic: Automobile Photography Demonstration
Sony Alpha Wireless Flash System + Photoflex Litedome XS
Photography by:
M Sulhan Juman – Mobistudios
Artwork & Post Processing : M Sulhan Juman – Mobistudios

Coming up soon…..a short tutorial on how Automobile photography could be achieved with Sony Alpha wireless flash system and Photoflex XS combo.

Rigging up a 55mm filter size Ring-light diffuser for HVL-F20AM – DIY

An urgent need for a ring-light type of lighting came up last night. I had to think of a way to get the shot with the right lighting that I need. No other choice, I had to rig-up a home made ring-light diffuser for use with my 100mm f2.8 macro lens. Well, the final product was good and I thought it would be a good sharing write-up. I basically use the HVL-F20AM as the light source with it off camera.

Here is the finished product mounted on the 100mm f2.8 macro lens:

The whole ring flash diffuser rig in a self portrait into the mirror – suitable for macro and close range portraits with the 100mm f2.8 and 50mm f1.4 lens.

Read the article now!!!

How to use the Alpha Flashes with Photoflex LiteDome XS

Take a step further with your Alpha strobes and use them with some of the common tools in the photography scene.  I’m personally using the Alpha strobes with the Photoflex LiteDome XS for my on-location mobile studio assignments at MOBISTUDIOS.  Where speed and space is limited – the Alpha flashes gets into the front line.  I will be posting a short write-up on how I personally use the Alpha Flashes + Photoflex LiteDome XS.  For a start, here’s a list of items that I use for each head setup:

  • Lite Dome XS by Photoflex (Kit) – one set per flash head
  • Flash Stand that comes with the alpha flash heads
  • Mini Ball-head – I personally use a bunch of Giottos MH-1003
  • Light stand for off camera (Typically utilizing wireless flashing)

One great thing about the Litedome XS Kit is in the size and its flexibility for your own configuration.  I can have the setup pre-assembled for quick deployment.  Coupling the strength of this diffusers and the strength of the Alpha wireless flash, its a great professional tool for you to consider.

Check out here for the write-up …………