Home Studio

So I though I’d give a quick rundown on my studio strobes this evening.

When it comes to setting up a home studio for Photography it can get quite expensive. But if you shop around and do your research you can save quite a bit of coin. I purchased my gear late last year, and it works quite well considering. I have 3 strobes, with 2 umbrella/boxes (Kinda work like an octabox but they are a umbrella setup with a diffuser over the front.) and 3 Soft boxes. There was a bunch of other stuff that came with the kit but I haven’t really used it as yet. The strobes are about 180w, and from what I can gather doing tests with my fuji x100, the flash duration is about 1/800sec. They have a guide number of 36 apparently, but this is chinarific ebay stuff so who knows.

Studio Strobe

Either way they fire in slave mode off any other flash triggered. They also have a sync connector. step-less power control and modeling light.

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New Canon DSLR’s 100D and 700D and Sony A65V Feedback.

Mixed thoughts on the new gear. They have are still using an 18 megapixel sensor. They have beefed up the Movie modes on both and giving Audio inputs and outputs apparently. That’s all well and good but they still have a 22min cut off on the video even if they can shoot full HD. I’d be interested to see if they can do the file splitting cause I know my 60D cuts off at 4gb or about 13min presently, and it’s frankly annoying.

On another camera related subject, I got a response from Sony as I submitted some feedback on my A65V that I own, requesting for a firmware update to enable manual audio levels and the ability to turn off Auto Gain Control, plus 24P HD video rather than just the 25p and 50p it currently has.

They say they have passed on the feedback. Any other A65V owners out there, spam them with the same request.

Anyhow, looking forward to seeing these new Canon DSLR’s when they land.

Lack of inspiration

I had all plans to blog about my studio gear tonight, particularly to share info of what to buy when buying chinarific studio gear.

I got a really awesome deal with mine and I was going to share some tips.

But I got home this afternoon and couldn’t be bothered.

I baked another loaf of bread too, this time with a new brand of flower I hadn’t used before. Instagram photo to follow.

This Sabbath I was pondering sharing of the investigative judgment and the cleansing of the sanctuary for prelims at church. I’ll have to get down and prepare something to share.

The Sabbath School lesson i recorded for the online church was uploaded today. I haven’t watched it and probably won’t, I hate watching myself on film. Photos I can Handel, but video…. I enjoyed the lesson very much so hopefully that came through in my presentation.

Anyhow that’s all for now.


Test Photos from the 18-135IS STM in the Studio with Tia

So I finally got around to shooting a bit in the studio to give the new Canon 18-135IS STM a run for it’s money. It’s much better than the old Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 I was using. I still however think the Sony 18-135mm on the A65 has the leggs on it, at least under brightly lit conditions.

I’ve got a chinarific lens hood on the way for the Canon lens, $2 Besta quality.

So here is a test shot of…you guessed it, my cat Miss Tia.


Canon Lens on 60D Sharpness Tests.

I’ve been playing with my Sony A65V a little in the studio of late and I have been more than pleased with the results. I’ve got the Sony 18-135 that comes with the premium kit but I have also shot a little on the Sony 35mm F1.8.

The Results have been simply stunning.
I have still got my Canon 60D workhorse and I wanted to see how it fared up.

I shot a few shots of…you guessed it, my Cat in the studio this evening.

Pulling it into Lightroom and pixel peeping, I don’t think it’s quite there, at least not with the current Glass I have.
The 50mm F1.8 came closest to the Sony results. My Sigma 17-70mm wasn’t much chop.
I’ve got a Canon 18-135STM put aside at work for when my new iPad Mini arrives. Ill be interested to see how it goes.
Photozone.de seem to think the lens fairs well compared to the Sigma 17-70.

Miss Tia


Failed attempt at a Lighting workship

So much for the lighting workshop this afternoon, the weather couldn’t make up its mind today. Rain,then sun then overcast….

So instead I’ve decided it’s time I actually get my blog happening.

I may even shoot a bit in my studio this evening If my cat lets me.


Mt Ngungun Sunset

Mt Ngungun Sunset

So I shot this sunset up Mt Ngungun in the Glass House Mountains, and being the hipster I am, i Lomo’d it using Pixlr-O-Matic which is frankly Awesome.