Light Shapers – Softboxes

We resume our weekly highlight on Broncolor light shapers with SOFTBOXES in various formats; square, rectangle, strip and Octa. Detailed specifications on each softbox may be found here.

As with our previous post on Reflectors , the constants are as follows;

Camera: Phase One XF IQ3 100MP

Lens: Schneider Kreuznach 240mm LS f/4.5 IF

Exposure: F/11, 1/125s, ISO 50

Lamp: Broncolor Unilite 3200 powered by Scoro 3200 S

The front surfaces of the softboxes were maintained at a distance of 1m from the subject’s face to ensure the comparisons are fair.

The variables are the softboxes and the power level on the Scoro to adjust for the varying intensity of the light. The Scoro S power level ranges from 1.0 to 10.0 with every round number being halve of the next; eg. 10.0 = 3200 J, 9.0 = 1600 J, 8.0 = 800 J, etc.

We strongly recommend that you view the images below on a calibrated monitor instead of a mobile device. The differences for most of the images are subtle so the small screens may not display them accurately. Although the shots were taken tethered through Capture One, none of the images has been edited in any way.

We start off with comparison groupings by the softbox categories.

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We realize the differences are incredibly subtle and the results of these demonstrations are not sufficient for most photographers to form definitive conclusions upon. Hence, we will conduct more demonstrations over the next few weeks to further present the unique characteristics of each softbox. This will include half body portraits and various angles of light source to show relativity between softbox sizes and light coverage.

To be continued…

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Light Shapers – Reflectors

As a photographer, selecting a light shaper can be an incredibly daunting process. Softbox or beauty dish? Grid or without? If gridded, how big? Over the next few weeks, we will demonstrate how light behaves with each group of light shapers; reflectors, softboxes, parabolic, beauty dish, etc. The objective here is not to compare which is better, but rather to present what each reflector can do for you and how they can be effectively utilized in your photographic project.

We kick off the series with the following reflectors (click for more specifications from our website); Standard – this comes bundled with Siros L lamps, P-Travel , P70 , P65 , P50 , and P45.  The setup is simple;

Basic Reflector lighting diagram

The constant factors are as follows;

Camera: Phase One XF IQ3 100MP

Lens: Schneider Kreuznach 150mm LS f/2.8

Exposure: F/11, 1/125s, ISO 50

Lamp: Broncolor Unilite 3200 powered by Scoro 3200 S

The lamp is positioned 1.2m away from the subject (yours truly) who is 1.2m from the background.

The only variables are the reflectors and the power level on the Scoro to adjust for the varying intensity of the light. The Scoro S power level ranges from 1.0 to 10.0 with every round number being halve of the next; eg. 10.0 = 3200 J, 9.0 = 1600 J, 8.0 = 800 J, etc.

For reflectors with grids (P70, P65 and P45), we kept the power levels constant through the three grade (fine, medium and coarse) so you are able to see the differences objectively.

We strongly recommend you view the images below on a proper, calibrated monitor instead of a mobile device. The differences for most of the images are subtle so the small screens may not display them accurately. Although the shots were taken tethered through Capture One, none of the images has been edited in any way.

Look at how the light transitions from highlight to shadow, light spills (look at the background), and note the power levels required to achieve the optimal exposure. Eg. P-Travel and P70 looks almost identical, but the former required 0.2 less power. However, the P-Travel does not allow for honeycomb grid attachments, so that’s something to consider for your needs. The power levels are an indication of how you can use the reflector under varying conditions; eg. the P45 has a longer throw so it may be ideal for lighting subjects from a longer distance.

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Here are the P45, P65 and P70 with honeycomb grids attached.20180925_BASIC REFLECTORS_P4520180925_BASIC REFLECTORS_P6520180925_BASIC REFLECTORS_P70

As mentioned above, this is not a review of each reflector and we invite you to form your own conclusions and opinions on the above comparisons.

Next week, we shall do the same demonstration with softboxes.

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Nikon Experiential Event at Plaza Singapura

At the Nikon Experiential event on 27th and 28th September 2018, photographers Elliot Lee and Ee Tong conducted demonstration sessions with the new Nikon Z 7 using Broncolor lights.

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Elliot Lee prepping his setup.

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Elliot demonstrated Nikon’s focus stacking feature.

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Ee Tong presenting her body of work.

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Dance photography demonstration.

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Fujifilm Workshop with Ivan Joshua Loh

Broncolor Singapore was invited to support a Fujifilm photography workshop by Ivan Joshua Loh at a top secret location on Saturday 22 September 2018. The casual, fun-filled workshop garnered about 40 attendees who were eager to shoot models Dwayne and Jasline in a location filled with vintage cars, pinball machines, dentist chairs, and loads of amazing antique treasures. Also in attendance to support the workshop were representatives from Capture One, Eizo and Wacom to demonstrate their products in a workflow.

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A New Hope

I wanted a practice session with the Broncolor lighting system and I just happened to have a lightsaber prop on my desk. Shiny, reflective surfaces are relatively challenging to shoot well, and I was certainly looking to be challenged. So here’s what I did;

The concept was to produce an image that looks like it could belong in a glossy advertising material for lightsabers. I envisioned it to showcase the mechanical details on the Graflex with the glass eye as the key focus.

The Graflex replica was clamped upright and I placed a black board behind it as I had planned to add a soft glow on it. My first objective was to achieve a gradient highlight on the left side. I positioned a Unilite 3200 with a 120 x 180 softbox behind the Graflex and angled away towards the camera.

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A diffuser was added in front of the softbox to soften the light and to create the gradient.IMG_20180905_210232_blog-res20180905_ANH GRAFLEX7644

For the second highlight on the other side, I positioned another Unilite with a 30 x 180 softbox to establish a hard highlight.IMG_20180905_181933_blog-res20180905_ANH GRAFLEX7653

To illuminate the middle portion, I used a Siros L with a beauty dish reflector in an elevated position. It was mounted in an offset angle from the centre to create dimension in the glass eye. IMG_20180905_210333_blog-res20180905_ANH GRAFLEX7665

This was looking close to how I had envisioned the image and it’s just missing a soft glow in the back to separate the Graflex from the background. I placed a Pulso G with a P70 reflector and medium honeycomb grid on a chair and directed the light onto the black board. The softness of the glow was adjusted by tuning the Pulso G’s focusing feature. IMG_20180905_210312_blog-res20180905_ANH GRAFLEX7677

Here’s how it looks like with all the lights turned on and the power ratios tweaked.20180905_ANH GRAFLEX7729

The hard hairline running down the middle was caused by the reflection of the C-stand holding the beauty dish, so I placed a large black card against the C-stand to block the reflection. Then, as I checked the image at 100% crop, I found a blue lint on the slotted head rivet. It must have gotten snagged when I wiped the Graflex with a microfibre cloth.Screen Shot 2018-09-17 at 3.06.03 PM

The lint was removed with tape and I snapped the definitive shot. The image was processed in Capture One 11 to clean up dust spots, enhance the glass eye, and other general adjustments. Here’s the final image;20180905_ANH GRAFLEX7754

The camera I shot with was a Phase One XF IQ3 100MP Trichromatic with a Schneider Kreuznach LS 150mm f/2.8 lens.

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shootSIN 2018 recap

 

This year’s SOLD-OUT event was held on 23rd and 24th June 2018 at The Weave by studio three sixteen. Attendees were treated to informative live demonstrations and inspiring seminars conducted by some of the world’s best photographers including Urs Recher from Switzerland, Kevin Then from Malaysia, Martha Suherman from Indonesia, Peter Marshall from England and Sails Chong from China.

Local veteran members of the Professional Photographers Association (Singapore), Sebastian Tan, Teo Chai Guan, Matthew Edward Loh and Geoff Ang, shared insights on skills and personal attributes required to succeed in the photographic industry. PPAS also conducted portfolio reviews for registered aspiring photographers.

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Video recap shot and edited by Live Gallery from Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

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Phase One announces the XF IQ4 Camera System

On 28 August, 2018, Phase One announced three Full Frame Medium Format camera systems that are built upon the revolutionary and expandable Infinity Platform; XF IQ4 150MP, XF IQ4 150MP Achromatic, and XF IQ4 100MP Trichromatic.

We shall review the key features and benefits you can expect that will push your photographic endeavors forward.

BSI 151MP SENSOR

The Sony-engineered Backside Illuminated (BSI) 151 megapixel CMOS sensor in the XF IQ4 150MP and XF IQ4 150MP Achromatic digital backs promises “uninterrupted capture of light within each pixel, directly translating a more accurate render with improved color, detail and noise handling within the RAW file.”.

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By eliminating the circuit architecture as a barrier, we can also expect faster frame rates and exposure readings, hence shaving valuable seconds of image acquisition.

The additional 22% increase in resolution from the IQ3 101MP will appeal to professionals who demand high fidelity in image quality and detail, large scale printing possibilities, and cropping flexibilities.

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It is worth noting that Phase One is dedicating the IQ4 platform to the full frame medium format (645 image frame) and will henceforth discontinue cropped sensors from future product development.

3 TETHERING OPTIONS

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The IQ4 platform now offers no less than 3 future-proof tethering options;

ETHERNET with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) capabilities:  Enables you to incorporate long, inexpensive cables into your workflow ensuring uninterrupted power supply and plenty of working space. Through the expandable Infinity Platform, we expect this will eventually innovate network solutions for users to capture over multiple devices across locations.

USB-C: The main benefits here are that you can now shoot directly into
an external storage drive, or attach an external power bank to extend the duration of your shoot on location.

Wireless: Pretty much self-explanatory and it’s a big one. Shoot without cables and transmit your 151MP RAW files directly to Capture One.

The best part? All 3 options may be combined to your customized workflow.
We will return with tests and findings when we get our hands on a unit.

DUAL STORAGE

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Single CF card slots are so last week, and IQ4 digital backs will provide 2 slots that may be used individually or in tandem.

XQD: At 400MB/s read speed and 350MB/s write speed, this is the logical way to capture your 151MP 16-bit RAW images incredibly quickly and reliably.
This slot is future-proofed to adapt the CFexpress storage format in the future, thus ensuring its growth and industry-relevance for years to come.

SD: Not remarkable on its own, but it may be incorporated into your workflow as a mirrored backup to the primary storage, flow-over from the primary storage, or to store JPG files alongside the RAW images.

CAPTURE ONE INSIDE

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As if the massive computational power in the IQ platform’s processor isn’t enough,
Phase One has incredibly caged the beastly core of Capture One into IQ4 digital backs.

As at the time of announcement, this integration will deliver;

  • IIQ RAW “Style” integration
  • JPG processing in-camera
  • Improved preview quality
  • Improved Live View, faster frame rates and new tools

Your untethered workflow will now be greatly enhanced with the ability to edit
RAW files on the fly directly from the IQ4 digital back…and that is just the beginning!
More enhancements will be added via firmware updates to expand customization capabilities and performance.

TOUCH-SCREEN GESTURES

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A feature that isn’t mentioned much in Phase One’s announcement materials is the addition of pinch-to-zoom in preview. This is a small but tremendously appreciated update since it is already second nature to practically everyone with a smartphone. Furthermore, the IQ4 is ready for multi-finger gestures, so we are looking forward to how this may be incorporated.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

All 3 systems will be available from October 2018. Each IQ4 system will include a camera body + prism, a Blue Ring prime lens of your choice, 5-year warranty and 5-year uptime warranty. Stay tuned for availability and pricing in Singapore.

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This year’s SOLD-OUT shootSIN was held on 23rd and 24th June 2018 at The Weave by @studiothreesixteen. Attendees were treated to informative live demonstrations and inspiring seminars conducted by some of the world’s best photographers including Urs Recher @ursrecherphotography from Switzerland, Kevin Then @kevinthen from Malaysia, Martha Suherman @martha.suherman from Indonesia, Peter Marshall @petermarshall1 from England and Sails Chong @sails_chong from China. Local veteran members of the Professional Photographers Association (Singapore), Sebastian Tan @shootinggalleryasia, Teo Chai Guan @teochaiguan, Matthew Edward Loh @matthewedwardloh and Geoff Ang @geoffang, shared insights on skills and personal attributes required to succeed in the photographic industry. PPAS also conducted portfolio reviews for registered aspiring photographers. Video credit: @livegallery.my
Matthew Edward Loh and Geoff Ang wrap up the day. Thanks to everyone who came down to #shootSIN! #shootSIN2018
Sails Chong’s session - Live Photoshoot: Chinese Vogue #shootSIN #shootSIN2018
Martha’s session on movement photography left us quite moved. #shootSIN #shootSIN2018
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Lunch bustle @ shootSIN 2018!
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PETER MARSHALL
 When he’s not jetting-about living his secret-agent rock-star lifestyle photographing gorgeous landscapes, Peter Marshall leads an equally exciting life as product specialist for Phase One. As the evangelist for all things Capture One, Peter goes around the world helping digi techs and professional photographers master their software. Most people leave his lessons starry-eyed and mind-blown. Maybe because he’s frequently mistaken for James Corden.

Come experience Peter’s magic acts behind the software called Capture One at #shootSIN2018 and be prepared to go away equally mind-blown. 
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KEVIN THEN Hailing from Malaysia, Kevin emerged in the global photography scene by winning the prestigious Hasselblad Masters award under Wedding/Social category in 2008. Kevin’s mastery in light crafting and artistic style of injecting romance and surrealism in his works puts him in the forefront of commercial and wedding portraiture photography. He is the first Asian photographer appointed thrice as the Hasselblad Global Ambassador. Kevin spent most of his time in China in collaboration with Hasselblad and Broncolor for creative commercial productions. In 2018, Kevin decided to bridge the China-South East Asia markets to establish Refined Artisans Wedding (R.A.W), an artisanal photography atelier that provides premium and full suite of bridal services. At R.A.W, Kevin and his co-founder Jan Khoo, continue to push boundaries to produce stunning and evocative works with exquisite lighting details. 
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GEOFF ANG As photographer and founder of Geoffstudio, Geoff sets a very high bar for himself in perfecting his craft and a standard that all his clients have come to appreciate. Geoff clearly loves what he does and loves working with people who share his passion in creating great work. Geoff is also an established TVC director, a natural diversion for a photographer. A director may yell “Action! “ but Geoff’s action is his payback to the community and industry that made him possible. He is actively involved in creating workshops and photography seminars that require him to share his experiences with people who are interested in photography. Geoff once said that photography is not just about the photograph but it’s about the journey and the experience that encompasses it. Always one who says what he means and does what he does, come to #shootSIN2018 and let Geoff shake you up and give your photography a swift kick in the rear. Register for shootSIN 2018 at goo.gl/cKSR2c LIKE our facebook page for more updates on shootSIN 2018 For more information, visit shootsin.com See you there!
MARTHA SUHERMAN The beautiful rose amongst the thorns at shootSIN 2018, Martha Suherman was born in 1980 and graduated from Trisakti university in 2002, majoring in graphic design where she received The Best Graduate award. She has been interested in art since she was a toddler. Drawing was always been her favourite lesson at school. Martha was and still is in love with comic books from all over the world. She fell in love with photography when she was in college, and later on developed a passion for digital editing when she acquired her own digital camera in 2007. Martha is a visual artist with specific passion in landscape, digital composites, and portrait photography. Come listen to Martha talk about her special projects and software techniques at #shootSIN2018. Register for shootSIN 2018 at goo.gl/cKSR2c
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