LIGHTS, TRIGGERS and Gels

 

The Flashpoint R2 system listed below is great. And, you do not have to worry about attaching receiving triggers when you buy your lights from the R2 system because the trigger is inside the flash units. I recommend the non-TTL (manual) flashes for interiors work, when available.

I have listed the system I use below, but Rovelight 600B units are not for sale any longer (at least for now), so I have listed some alternatives. The only drawback to going this route is you will have to attach a receiving trigger to the light as seen in the picture at right. 

Attaching a Yongnuo receiving trigger to my Rovelight 600B.

Attaching a receiving trigger to the new Rovelight 601 and 610. Notice the input for the trigger is in a bit of an awkward position by the handle. You would also have to velcro the trigger to the light somehow.

 

Other lights worth looking into, the new Orlit Rovelights:
Orlit Rovelight 400 ws
Orlit Rovelight 610 ws (I recommend this light over the Rovelight 601 because they are the same size but the 610 has more power)


Gels
Sheet of 1/4 CTO Gel



 

 

 CAMRANGER

Camranger version 2 is due out in 2019.

Camranger Wireless Transmitter for Canon and Nikon 
iPad Mini 3
iPad Mini Nuud Case with Shoulder Strap

 

TRIPOD AND TRIPOD HEAD


Recommended tripod:
Benro Mach3 Extra Long Carbon Fiber 4 Series

Recommended cheaper tripod:
Benro Mach3 Extra Long Aluminum 4 Series

Recommended geared heads:
Benro GD3WH
Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Tripod Head
Heavier Manfrotto 405 Geared Tripod Head
 

CASE AND ORGANIZER

What I use and recommend:
Pelican 1560 with Padded Dividers
Pelican 1569 Lid Organizer

 

SOFTWARE

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom 1 Year Subscription
Adobe Bridge is Free to Download


COMPUTER EDITING MONITOR

Monitor I use and recommend:
Asus MX259H 25 Inch IPS Monitor

 

GRAPHICS EDITING TABLET

We didn't talk much about editing tablets in the course, but as you start to improve your skills, you will really be craving more brush accuracy for your masking and other tasks. And for this, nothing can replace a good graphics tablet. I also recommend them to professional photographers because when used in conjunction with a mouse, you are counteracting the repetitive motions that can give you health problems. 

Tablet that I use and recommend:
Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch Small Tablet

 

OTHER GEAR

Various gear that I use to help me on certain projects. Gels are used to color match your light with the ambient light. As you saw, I do not gel my flashes very often. Sometimes outside I will. I find 1/4 to 1/2 CTO gel often blends with ambient well, so I would buy a sheet of 1/4 and use two layers of it if you need a 1/2 CTO. 


Sigma 18-35 1.8 Art Lens (Nikon) / Sigma 18-35 1.8 Art Lens (Canon)
LED Lenser P7.2 Flashlight (The light is a little cool, I have to gel it sometimes)
1/4 CTO Gel (use two layers of this for 1/2 CTO) 
B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer (helpful for reducing reflections and making skies more vibrant)
B+W Six Stop Neutral Density Filter
Step up ring 72 to 77mm (buy screw on filters for your largest lens, and use these rings to screw the filters on any smaller lenses) 
Datacolor Spyder5Pro for Monitor Calibration
Datacolor SpyderCheckr 24 (I do NOT take this into the field for help with white balance, for that I use "white things" like my iPad case) 
Powerex 8 Cell AA Battery Charger 
AA Rechargeable Batteries for Speedlights 
Rocket Blower for Cleaning Dust from Lenses 
Manfrotto 24' Lightstand for Elevated Exterior Composites

  

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