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Deal Alert: Westcott Cyber Week Sale

It’s Cyber Week, and that means fantastic deals and a wonderful opportunity to stock up on photography equipment. Westcott is offering savings of up to $150 off some of its most impressive lighting gear and kits. These bargains are only available until December 3rd on the Westcott website, so you will need to get in quick.

The Westcott FJ200 One-Light Backpack Kit is Seriously Great

Just about a year ago Westcott expanded on its new wireless flash lineup that started with the FJ400 by offering new sizes and power outputs. After listening to user feedback, it launched the FJ200 as a more compact and travel-friendly light system... and it's awesome.

Great Reads in Photography: April 11, 2021

Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy-reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy!

2 Lights, 1 Easy Setup

Shooting with continuous lights can be the easiest thing in the world. Why? Because you can see exactly what the light is doing, where it’s placed, its intensity, and how it’s affecting your subject. In a way, I like to think of shooting with constant lights as a baby step to off-camera flash photography. They help you start to see how manipulating lights forms the image you’re creating, without the added element of calculating the flash burst with the ambient light exposure.

Shooting a Dramatic Portrait Using a Beauty Dish

This 12-minute tutorial from photographer Joel Grimes demonstrates two methods for creating dramatic portraits using a minimal amount of gear. Both techniques use a beauty dish; the first with a single light source and the second with the addition of 2 edge lights.

Make a Cheap DIY Ice Light Using an LED Flashlight and Some PVC Pipe

Westcott's lightsaber-style Ice Light is popular among photographers, but the $500 price tag is a bit prohibitory to some. Fortunately for those who either don't want or can't afford to spend the money on the real thing, photographer Simon Ellingworth has come up with a cheap DIY version that'll only run you about $30.