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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.

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.

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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 …………

My typical strobe setup for Macros

August 20, 2009 3 comments

Here is an illustration to describe my strobe setup for my macro work.  Its basically a common setup for off-camera wired flash.

A diffuser  may be used at times when the above setup is used to soften the highlights or reflection.  Here is a series that was done using the above setup.  I was actually documenting some shots for my daughter in my education series.  The lighting is a side lighting made possible with the side mounted flash.

The above series is a record of one of the ways a butterfly would use its claws at the ends of its legs to cut through petals of flowers to gain access of food.

Here are the photos of the setup:

All these setup have its specific purpose and hope these example setup would provide you with some idea on how you could build up your own rig.

Happy shooting!!!

The simplest setup to use the HVL-F20AM

August 20, 2009 4 comments

I have been getting queries on how the HVL-F20AM would be used.  Well, I guess its high time I post information to answer those day to day queries as I go along.  Here is a diagram on how the little cute flash is to be used on …I believe all future alpha DSLR bodies that would come without pop-up flashes – just like our A900.

Its a very simple setup that now possible without having to use the HVL-F58AM to trigger other flashes.  One thing I personally love is the weight.  I do not have to carry the camera+grip with lens on and another big flash on board to trigger other remote flashes in a studio or event.