This is the first of a two part, in depth field test with the Pixel King flash triggers. The Pixel King flash triggers are available for a wide array of modern, TTL camera systems. Mine just happens to be designed for Nikon’s. I used the triggers with various other non-TTL, third market speedlights and with Nikon SB-600/800/900 speedlights, as noted below. How did I ever manage to work at all   Read More ...

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I recently bought a set of Pixel King radio flash triggers for Nikon, (for Canon) for $170, with shipping (2 receivers, 1 trigger).. Pixel King radio triggers are an alternative iTTL compatible flash triggering system. I just had the opportunity to really put them through their paces – inside, outside, on the beach, in the fog and around corners. They came with all kinds of cables and accessories. You can   Read More ...

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Selecting the Perfect Camera Bag Cameras are expensive and therefore to protect your investment it’s essential that you have an adequate camera bags for the cameras protection. Not to mention all of the accompanying gadgets, lenses and so on. You must consider the equipment and dollar value which you carry around and where you are carrying it too in order to select the proper camera bag. While purchasing any camera   Read More ...

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The DIY Beauty Dish: I used Tyler Burk’s method to build my Beauty Dish last year. It was simple to build and took about 45 minutes as described on his site. My local auto supply didn’t carry the 3,1/2″ convex mirror I needed for the front of the CD spindle, I finally found a 5″ mirror at Micheal’s Art Supply. I used black electrical tape to attach the mirror which   Read More ...

Categories: DIY Photo Projects

Gels for Speedlights My buddy Ron, of Ethereal Pixels, turned me on to this awesome little Must Have set of gels. These sample gels from Rosco, are available from many photography suppliers and linked from the Amazon e-Store to your right. I love these, I simply flip down the diffuser on my Speedlight to hold the gel in place and fire away. The set includes over 256 gels in all   Read More ...

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Windows 7, wipes out my custom color calibration with automatic updates A friend of mine and I keep having an issue with Windows 7, automatic updates wiping out our monitors calibration and resetting it to Default (which in my case is too blue) I’m not 100% sure what my friends issue is, but in my case I have finally resolved the issue. It was what we in the I.T. industry   Read More ...

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Pocket Wizard TT1 for Nikon’s iTTL Submitted by Ron: EtherealPixels.com I took delivery on one of these babies last week and shot with it a few days following. For those unfamiliar with it, when coupled with PW’s newer generation of transceivers, you get most of the iTTL functionality available with Nikon CLS or Canon’s iTTL via the radio wireless link, enabling high speed sync with certain studio monolights, such as   Read More ...

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Strobist Softbox: e-Photo also offers 24″ and 16″ softboxes for portable flash systems. They are sold individually or in sets of two, with or without light duty light stands. This softbox is made with a twist and flip to open design and are very sturdy when open. They come in a handy little pouch for carrying and they are easy to assemble. These softboxes have the same fully adjustable mounting   Read More ...

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e-Photo’s Beauty Dish: Recently I purchased a 16″ Beauty Dish, from my friends at e-Photo. I love the engineered shape and design. It’ has a highly reflective silver interior that returns the maximum light from the Speedlights. I LOVE the mounting bracket that attaches to a standard light stand. For $60.00 this offers so many advantages over the DIY Beauty Dish and is something I would highly recommend. It comes   Read More ...

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i/e TTL Cables I have been shooting outdoors a lot the past few weeks. I’m working on a new article “Shooting Outdoors with a Beauty Dish” for GlamModelz  Magazine and of course this site.  (yes, I’m listening to you) Since I’m using the e-Photo Beauty Dish as my primary fill. (under a noon sun), I did not want to rely on CLS to trigger my strobe at distances I’m comfortable   Read More ...

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