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06 Oct '16

Speed Grid Mod: Planet of the Apes Speedlight Portrait

Posted by David Honl

Honl modifiers used on this shoot:

1/8 Speed Grid - Buy Now

Speed Gobo - Buy Now

Speed Snoot - Buy Now

1/2 CTO Filter - Buy Now

1/4 CTO Filter - Buy Now

To light the character Zira, I used a 1/8 Speed Grid with a 1/4 CTO Filter as the main light, just to the right of the subject. This light gave a focused beam on the face, and was positioned so a small bit of light spilled over to the left side of the face. I added a speedlight with a Speed Gobo and 1/2 CTO Filter at a low position on the front to provide a bit of definition in the costume, part of it spilling on the left side of the face for an additional fill. The speedlight was set at a lower power than the mainlight, to provide fill, but maintain the drama of the lighting. The green fabric background was lit with a speedlight outfitted with a Speed Snoot in the reflector position with a 1/4 CTO Filter, which provided a fan-like spread and a nice falloff. Power settings will be different depending on which model of speedlight you're using, but a good guideline is to start with your main light, and adjust your power settings on the rest of the scene to fit your tastes.

All speedlights are kept relatively close to the subject at around 4 feet, so I was able to maintain an aperture of f/5.6, 1/60 second at ISO 200.

02 Sep '16

Surf's Up! Behind the Scenes: Speedlight shoot in Hawaii

Posted by David Honl


If you want to shoot in full sunlight an use speedlights to light your subject, here are a few tips:

Whenever possible, I place the subject in a shaded area. This gives me much more control over the light on the subject, as I set my initial exposure at 1 stop underexposed on the background. In this case my exposure was ISO 100, 1/250 @ f/11. At this exposure, the subject will be in shadow, giving me a good canvas to add light to the subject.

For this shot, I placed the surfers under the shade of palm trees. As you can see in the video, both the mainlight (with the traveller 8 Softbox), and the rim light (with a Speed Grid and CTO Filter) is placed very close to the subject- between 4 and 5 feet. Both speedlights were set at full power.

The traveller8 gives a nice even, soft light on the subject, and adding the Speed Grid with the CTO filter simulates a warm sunset light on the right side of the surfer.


Modifiers used on this shoot:

Honl Photo traveller8 Softbox

Honl Photo Speed Grid

Honl Photo CTO Warming Kit

15 Aug '16

Free Honl color filter pocket guide for speedlights

Posted by David Honl in color filters

For those of you new to using color filters in your speedlight photography, I'm now including a free pocket guide with each filter kit. It's a business card sized, folded card that tucks right next to your speedlight. In it, you'll find exposure compensation for each of the current Honl filters. It's a quick way to know the density of each filter to adjust your power output setting when using multiple speedlights. I've also added a few example photos to get you started. With just a little practice, you can create beautiful and dramatic pictures using your existing speedlights and some inexpensive modifiers!

Choose from a wide range of colors-and get a free Filter Rollup with the purchase of any 3 Honl Filter Kits


09 Aug '16

Behind the scenes: fashion shoot with the Honl Photo traveller8 Soft box

Posted by David Honl


Here's a quick and nimble fashion shoot setup: a speedlight with a Honl Photo traveller8 Softbox as the main light, a speedlight with a Honl Photo Speed Grid for the hair light, and another speedlight with a Speed Grid on the background. 

Modifiers used on this shoot: