Friday, October 21, 2011

Boom Arm

I have toyed with the ideal with buying a boom arm for a while.  Light stands are fine for holding your lighting equipment, but they seems to get in the way quite a lot.  Trying to place your softbox as close to your subject invariably mean the light stand get in the frame.  Quite often, I had to photo shop them out from the final image.  Well, I bought a boom arm about a month ago and have used it for two shoots already.  I got mine from eBay and it is quite steady and comes with a 5kg counter weight.  You do need it though when you fully extend the arm.  With the boom arm, I am able to get the softbox very close to the model without the stand showing in the image.  Here is a photo of the arm in action.

As you can see, with the boom arm with its counter weight, I am able to get close without it getting in the way.  Here a photo taken with this set up.

The only disadvantage is that the boom arm is quite a bit larger and heavier to cart around.  I would not want to carry it around with a car.  For some shoots, where portability is important, I will not bring the boom arm with me.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

London Strobist Exhibition

A long while ago a photo I submitted was selected for the London Strobist Exhibition.  Due to delays I did not hear anything about it until a month ago.  It was a pleasant surprise to hear it is going to be at the Harrow Arts Centre in London.   You can see the photos selected :

I know its a little late, but the exhibition runs to 7th October.  Go and see it if you have time.  Anyway, I went to see it for myself and here is my photo hanging on the wall.

Its not Tate Gallery, but one has to start somewhere.  I left feeling quite please with myself.  There is another exhibition in the planning stage with The Essex Strobist I am involved with.  It will be in Chelmsford Library in Essex in June 2012.