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Hi and welcome back.

If you are unable to attend the “Whole Kit and Caboodle” lighting presentation at BH Photo on August 12, I’m running a shooting workshop in my studio based on this presentation.

BH Event Space Whole Kit and Caboodle

We’ll shoot a professional model using all the tips, tricks, and techniques I show during the presentation.

If you own strobe lights but don’t really use them or need a refresher or are considering buying them, let me show you how to get amazing results with just the gear you are given in the kit.  Why spend more money on more gear when you don’t really need to?

This is a workshop for all levels.

Where: Studio, 233 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT

When: August 17, 12-3

Cost: $100.00

Model Supplied

Maybe I’ll see you there!

Onto the Post: 

For the next few days we are going to be looking at the versatile umbrella.

I love, love umbrellas.  Why get larger, more expensive light modifiers when you can do so much with just an umbrella?

If you are looking to get an umbrella, always get one that’s Convertible as these umbrellas allow you to use them reflective style or shoot through style.

In the BTS shot below, you can see the atypical 45 x 45 portrait light setup using a reflective umbrella:

_RVH5028In this shot, I have a nice cool contrasty light on my subject that really brings out her gold jacket.


  • Manfrotto 1052 BAC Lightstand
  • SB910 with SD9 Battery Pack
  • Photoflex 45″ Convertible Umbrella
  • Pocket Wizard Plus III

Exposure here was: 1/125 @ f/5.6, ISO 200, WB Daylight

Here’s a final using just one light:

_RVH5013The light is cool and has a nice touch of contrast to it.

The umbrella, one of the best lighting tools you can own.

That’s it for now.  Till next time, enjoy Summer!