I did a long review of the Rovelight RT 601 here. I will leave that up in case it may be helpful for those who are interested in the light.
HOWEVER, I NO LONGER RECOMMEND THE ROVELIGHT RT 601 or 610 FOR ANY TYPE OF HAND HELD APPLICATION. This is because, the triggers the unit comes with (TR-Q6 or TR-612) override your power setting when set on the flash unit itself. And, there is no way to circumvent this.
I now only recommend the Rovelight RT 601 and 610 if you don't mind using your own trigger with it, or if you have no need at all to control the power from the actual flash unit itself.
To be honest, I still can't believe this, but the trigger seems to have been purposefully designed this way. It sort of makes you wonder why they even bothered with a power wheel on the light.
What I do still recommend for both hand held photography like I do are the original Rovelight 600B, the Xplor 600 unit, and the N-Flash.
Is it ok to make a dark, dingy master bedroom to appear like it has warm, beautiful light streaming into the windows? Based on a premise from Oscar Wilde's "The Decay of Lying", I argue that all "bad" interiors photographs will depict the space how it is in reality. And that all well-done interiors photographs will depict the space in an idealized fashion, and as a result will be better able to stir emotion and create interest.
While the recent development of the R2 system (including the XPLOR 600) has gained much of the attention within the portable, powerful lighting realm, there is new family of options that may prove to be just as valuable.
The new Orlit Rovelight family of units are ruled by an extremely powerful duo of transceivers (although not yet perfected); the TR-Q6 and the TR-612. The Orlit Rovelight RT 601 (non-TTL) and 610 (TTL) will no doubt prove to be major players in the field of powerful, portable, cordless lighting solutions one can hold in their hand.
Almost every twilight exterior we shoot, we are in a situation where we have set up our gear, and we are then waiting for the light levels on the inside and outside of a home to even out. In the video, I discuss a technique where you no longer have to wait for the light. You can create even levels of light yourself!
Trying to give back a little to Rich Baum, who gives his time to moderate some very useful groups for interiors and real estate photographers. Rich had a question about how to control his brush size and flow with his Wacom Tablet wheel. The brush size was an easy one, but to control the flow requires a bit more finesse.
Twilight exteriors for real estate can run anywhere from 50 to 100 dollars per photo. Yet, on any given day, we are only able to shoot a single twilight image in the evening, and perhaps one in the morning. In the video, I discuss a technique where we can produce very convincing twilight exteriors that were shot in the middle of the day. And, the best part is, the lighting for the images can be done in under 10 minutes.
We're many times confronted by pesky little things that simply will not clone! But, if we get in there and use the right tools, a 10 minute clone job can turn into a 45 second job with results that are just as good.
I think you could probably write an entire book on the subject and power of curves adjustment layers within Photoshop. Curves could be the perfect editing tool, whether you are a wedding, architecture, or even forensic photographer. In the video, I examine some of the ways I use curves on a daily basis for my interiors and real estate photography work. I also attempt to explain, by way of an example, how powerful an editing tool curves can be.
Things get in the way on almost every one of our shoots, yet the quantity of real estate photographs we deliver precludes us from doing top notch cloning work. In the video, I discuss ways you can clone things in a fast and efficient manner. I note that in many cases, "cloning" can be much faster and more efficient than moving items back and forth on location. I attempt to convince you that taking care of your inevitable "clone" jobs can many times be accomplished onsite. And lastly, the irony of it all is that actual cloning with the clone stamp tool is rarely your best option.
The Rovelight 600B previously sold by Adorama is legendary in its output to cost ratio. Its power and onboard power supply make it an ideal option for those who need a lot of light on-the-go. Yet, to make it even a more compact option, it would be nice to be able to hand-hold the unit without the need for a bulky lightstand. In the video, I discuss ways you can modify the Rovelight to be able to comfortably fit it into your hand, and use it as a powerful tool in the realm of real estate photography.