Review PiXAPRO CITI600 flash

With 600ws of flash on tap and a massive 8700mAh built in battery to power it, the PiXAPRO CITI600 sounds like a very capable flash head on paper. Throw in the potential for HSS and TTL if you’re a Canon or Nikon user and that unit is starting to sound very promising. For the purposes...

Fearless Flash For Speedlights

I love shooting portraits with small flashes and judging by the number of questions I get about the subject, I’m not alone. I’ve run many workshops on the subject, I use speedlights during my live talks to camera groups and yes, I really do use them in my day to day work. But I’ve never...

5 Questions about flash meters

One of the very first lighting accessories I brought was a flash meter, in fact the same meter gets used and abused almost every time I use manual flash. I’ve used my handheld flash meter with speedlights and studio flashes of all makes, I use it in the studio and on location. Honestly, I couldn’t work...

Day to night in a flash

Shoots at night can yield some stunning photos but the lack of light has a bunch of problems that can easily trip you up… literately. However if you have a little bit of flash know how, it is possible to do a portrait shoot and make day turn to night in just a few steps...

Flash Duration To Freeze Action

One of the many amazing things you can do with flash is use it to stop fast moving things in their tracks. Unlike working with a continuous light it’s not the shutter speed that freezes the action, it’s the tiny amount of time that the flash lasts… its duration. Basically it works like this. The...

Flashpoint Rovelight RL600 Review

The world of flash is rapidly changing. 12 months ago I was using my Elinchrom flashes in the studio and my collection of Speedlights on location. But new battery technology has changed what I use and how I shoot. The perfect example being the Streaklight 360ws I reviewed earlier this year and have used extensively...

Create an Easy Stipple Illustrator Brush From Scratch

Create a quick and easy set of stipple Illustrator brush files perfect for craeting vector flash art designs ready for tattoos, posters, and more! The techniques explored in this tutorial can be applied to other styles of brush creation as well. Tutorial Details: Stipple Illustrator Brush Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5 – CC 2015 Difficulty: Beginner Topics Covered:...

Game Design Engagement and the User Experience

In a previous life, I was a Flash designer and developer, implementing interactive content and games for eLearning, advergaming and animation. Game design teaches you a great deal about designing intuitive interfaces and building experiences that balance the need for lower cognitive loading with maintaining user engagement and forward progress. Video games are “fun” and...

Rolling Animate CC Projects into Dreamweaver CC Web Pages

Sure, animations bring web pages to life. But for far too long, you needed to virtually channel Victor Frankenstein (pronounced Frahnk-en-steen) just to juggle all the elements necessary for handling a proper integration across browser platforms. The recently released, re-engineered and rebranded Animate CC provides an all-in-one package that Dreamweaver CC can easily incorporate—with or...

Review PIXAPRO 580 Li-ion Speedlight

On the surface the PIXAPRO 580 looks just like any other Speedlight but look inside and you’ll find it’s hidden secret. The usual AA batteries that I have a love hate relationship with are gone, replaced by a lithium battery which potentially offers faster recycle time, more flashes per charge and no more hunting around the...