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Watch Rick Friedman Explain His Portrait Workflow at the B&H Event Space

If you follow his blog, you already know that our friend Rick Friedman held a workshop at the B&H Event Space. He visited to talk about how he approaches his portrait work, particularly when you need to make a great image of a VIP in very little time. (VIPs are not known for standing still for more than a few minutes…)

At any rate, Rick’s been doing this since the Reagan years, so he’s probably got the hang of it by now. Have a look at the video, which has just been posted by B&H, and see if you can pick up a few pro tips! Or, if you prefer to read his blog post, you can do that, instead.

Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Photographers

As we wind down 2010, everyone seems to be searching for unique gifts and stocking stuffers for the holidays. As the distributors of quite a few unusual photographic products, we can offer a few suggestions. If you’ve got a friend who’s into photography (or just want to get something nice for yourself) read on for some ideas…

The Strobist Collection

David Hobby & Rosco present The Strobist CollectionOne of the most popular blogs for photographers, www.Strobist.com is a great place to learn to use off-camera flash techniques. Using gels on multiple strobe units can create some really striking lighting effects. David Hobby, the founder of Strobist.com, spoke with our friends at Rosco labs about packaging some of their most useful gels for “strobists” pre-cut to fit precisely over a standard strobe unit. These 55 pieces of filter come in a convenient clamshell case that fits into any pocket or camera bag; all you need is a piece of tape to hold them in place…

(Contact us to find your local dealer, or shop for the Strobist Collection online.)

microGAFFER Compact Gaffer Tape

microGAFFER tape compared to standard 1" and 2" rolls of gaffer tape

Gaffer tape is a wonderful thing. It may be the most useful thing on a set, next to the camera itself (and the photographer.) The problem is, it’s HUGE! A roll of gaffer tape can easily weigh more than your camera. A while back, we noticed how ridiculous that was and invented microGAFFER. It’s identical to professional gaffer tape, but fits in your pocket (or camera bag; or glove compartment.)

(Contact us to find your local dealer, or shop for microGAFFER tape online.)

3″ Circular LitePad and AA Battery Pack

3 inch circular LitePad

We love, love, love LitePad. The 3″ circular LitePad is thin, lightweight, and can be powered by your choice of a wall outlet, your car’s cigarette lighter adapter, or (best of all) AA batteries. Being able to take a daylight-balanced light source anywhere (along with your imaging tool of choice, be it camera or iPhone) makes it possible to capture all kinds of wonderful photos from daily life.

(Contact us to find your local dealer, or shop for the 3″ circular LitePad or LitePad AA battery pack online.)

Steadybag Junior

Steadybag Junior supporting a Leica point-and-shoot cameraWhile the standard three-pound Steadybag is a bit too big to fit in a standard stocking, the half-pound, 7″x5.25″ Steadybag Junior is perfect. And it’s perfect for supporting any point-and-shoot camera, allowing you to use longer exposure times and lower ISO settings — which means less noise in your shots. It lasts for years (unlike a beanbag), comes in three great colors (again: unlike a beanbag), doesn’t attract insects or mice (absolutely not like a beanbag), and sets up in about one second.

(Contact us to find your local dealer, or shop for the Steadybag Junior online.)

Need More Ideas?

If you’re still stuck on just what to get for that special someone, give us a call! We can make recommendations for just about any type of photographer or filmmaker, young or old, amateur or professional.

LumiQuest and Joe McNally at PDN PhotoPlus 2010

Quest Couch of LumiQuest at PDN PhotoPlus 2010

“These are really exciting times for small flash photography.”

So says Quest Couch, a good friend and the co-founder, with Heidi Kenny, of LumiQuest. Based in Texas, LumiQuest has for many years been the leader in accessories for small flash units. They have always been committed to “products that work, rather than gimmicks that sell.” Maybe that’s why Quest and I have always gotten along so well; here at Visual Departures, that’s our mission, too.

Quest and I spent some time watching Joe McNally do a live demo at the Nikon booth to a standing-room-only crowd; like many shooters, Joe makes the LumiQuest products a key part of his location lighting equipment package. Quest has done a number of short and very instructive videos on LumiQuest’s website. No matter how long you have been shooting, spend some time on their site — you’ll learn a lot in a short time. Joe McNally’s blog should be in your bookmarks as well, as he explains the nuts and bolts of his masterful photos.

David Hobby and Rosco Labs Present: The Strobist Collection

David Hobby & Rosco present The Strobist Collection

Create Striking or Balanced Photographs (Your Choice) With These Correction and Effect Filters for Speedlight Flash Units

Rosco, the worldwide leader in color filters has assembled the essential collection of filters for use with your on-board flash. Rosco has been manufacturing color filters since 1910 and their Cinegel range of color filters has earned two Academy Awards®. Working with David Hobby, the founder of www.strobist.com, The Strobist Collection contains the Cinegel filters photographers need, properly sized (1.5″x3.25″) to fit most shoe-mount strobes. There are 20 different colors inside with multiple pieces of each color for a total of 55 pieces of filter. These filters give you independent control over the color temperature of each of your speedlights, letting you mix and match key, fill, and backlight however you want. Continue Reading…