You might have noticed the past few days, your hashtags aren't doing much for you. This is especially true for those of us who forget or choose not to hashtag in our original caption, and instead put a few later on. Well, thanks to Instagram's recent changes over the weekend, you can expect little return from hash tagging after you've already posted..........Read More
GoPro dropped its new Hero3+ on the world today, and its already been producing some of the sickest footage the world has seen! The Hero3 was a serious upgrade from the Hero2 first introducing the ability to shoot in 4k and with built in wifi, but the 3+ is even better yet, with even more improvements upon last years model.
_20% lighter + smaller (case) _30% more battery life _4x faster WiFi (built-in) _Auto Low Light feature, which automatically adjusts frame rate to maximize quality _sharper lens _SuperView movie mode allows you to shoot 1080p (1920 x 1080 video resolution) w/ the Ultra Wide field of view, so you can capture more of yourself and your surroundings.
There should be no reason to get mad over GoPro's launch of the Hero3+ if you have just bought the original 3. They aren't pulling an Apple like maneuver to phase out all of their previous models, and they have been true to their plan of launching a new product once a year. Plus (no pun intended) I hear if you have purchase from gopro.com in the last 30 days you should be honored in an upgrade to the "+". Since loosing my Hero2 earlier this summer in a freak tubing accident, it might be time to look into the Hero3+.
About a week or so ago LumoPro released their newest flash to the public market, the LP180, which is replacing/ updating on the older LP160. You better believe I ordered one the very first day I could. At a glance Its a quad-sync fully manual flash. The power settings range from full power 1/1 all the way down to 1/128th power in 1/3 stop increments which is very nice. When you order one of these flashes you will also receive a full range of pre-cut color gels that fit nicely in the built in gel holder slot, a metal hot shoe stand, a PC sync cord, and a nice padded flash case. I did a quick and dirty unboxing video of that right here:
Just a quick note on the advantages of using a fully manual flash like the LumoPro LP180:
There are many advantages to using manual flash control as opposed to E-TTL. The biggest advantage would be consistency. With manual flash, the only time that power setting is going to change is when you push that button yourself, or if you run out of battery power...(derp [Rule #1. Always bring spare batteries]). The next big advantage to using manual flash is the learning experience. If you are new to flash photography, going full manual will force you to know what flash power gets you the right exposure. You can't rely on your camera to do all the thinking for you. This is a good thing!! In the age of digital photography we rely too much on the auto features the camera possesses and don't know the basics anymore. In the long run and the short run, knowing how and WHY you got a certain exposure or photo will pay off.
The video review by my kitten Gracie! [please don't judge...]
New Key Features/ updates from LP160
Quote from LumoPro's Website
"The LP180 boasts a guide number of 110, making it equivalent to top-of-the-line models from major flash manufacturers like Nikon and Canon. The reliability and affordability that built the LP160's reputation in the photographic community have been carried over in the LP180 as well. And as always, LumoPro® backs every LP180 with a 2-year international warranty."
Here are the specifications directly from LumoPro:
|Guide Number:||Every company measures guide number differently. At LumoPro®, this is how we measure guide number: GN= Distance x f/stop, Distance = 10ft, F/stop at 105mm, ISO 100, Full Power = f/11 10ft x f/11 = 110, GN = 110 The LP180's power is roughly equivalent to the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT or the Nikon SB-900.|
|Sync:||3.5mm (1/8") Miniphone port, PC port, standard ISO hot shoe, built-in optical slave|
|Recycling Time:||4 seconds at full power with fresh NiMH batteries, 1 second at full power with high voltage battery input|
|Bounce (Tilt) Angle:||-7°, 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°|
|Motorized Zoom Settings:||14mm (with wide-angle diffuser), 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 70mm, 80mm, 105mmm, 105mm|
|Swivel Angle:||360° Total Right: 0°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180° Left: 0°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°|
|Manual Power Settings:||Full Power to 1/128|
|Built-in Slave Function:||S0 (off), S1 (standard optical slave), and S2-1 through S2-10 (pre-flash synchronization optical slave).|
|Hot Shoe:||Standard ISO size, center pin contact, mounting foot lock with drop-down locking pin.|
|Sleep Mode/Auto Power-off:||Sleep mode engages after 20 minutes (if enabled). Auto power-off engages 3 hours after sleep mode.|
|Flash Ready Indicator:||Front and rear ready LED light, optional flash ready tone|
|Power Source:||Four 1.5V AA size batteries (Alkaline or rechargable NiMH). NOTE: Do not use Nickel Zinc "NiZn" batteries as they can cause damage to the LP180.|
|Included Accessories:||Soft case, flash stand, 3.5mm miniphone to 3.5mm miniphone sync cord.|
|Flash Body Dimensions:||8.125" (L) x 2.5" (W) x 2" (D)|
|Flash Head Dimensions:||2.875" (W) x 1.75" (H)|
|Weight (without batteries):||15oz (0.9lbs) (425 grams) (0.0004 metric tons)|
|Warranty:||2 years from date of purchase through authorized LumoPro® dealers.|
The LP180 is fantastic with or without a modifier. I'll show you a few examples of shots with a soft box and then some without.
This photo is from a headshot session I did for SC Conners Wealth Management - a financial advisors office.
And then this next shot is without any modifier. Just bare flash head.
This shot was achieved with a very simple 2 flash set up. one of the flashes was set to the side of my desk on a printer, the other right next to the Apple remote pointed at the ceiling to bounce the flash.
And heres the photo of the set up for this shot. The flash on the left is firing at 1/128th power, and the one on the right is at full power.
As you can see there's nothing to this shot, EXCEPT 2 amazing flash units!