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Godox Wistro AD600 BM Unboxing and Overview

Robert Hall

Unboxing and Overview of the Godox Wistro AD600 (Bowens Mount)

Specs:

  • Powerful 600Ws
  • Fan Cooled
  • 10W LED Modelling Light (Adjustable)
  • Optional Remote Head (600Ws & 1200Ws Options)
  • Godox and Bowens mount versions available.
  • Built in (removable) 11.1V / 8700mAh Lithium-ion Battery
  • Up to 500 Full Power Pops Per Battery Charge
  • 0.01 – 2.5 Seconds Recycle Time
  • Flash Modes – TTL / M / Multi ( There is a version with TTL and one without TTL)
  • HSS to 1/8000th
  • Second Curtain Sync
  • FEC / FEB – 1/3rd Increments (±3 Stops)
  • FEL (Flash Exposure Lock)
  • Manual Flash – 1/256 – 1/1 Output (1/3rd Increments)
  • Godox 2.4GHz X Radio System
  • ETTL & ITTL Radio Slave Modes (Auto Switching)
  • Range – 100m + with X1 as Transmitter
  • Groups – A / B / C
  • 32 Channels
  • Supports Legacy Godox FT-16 Remote Manual Trigger System
  • Supports Godox XT-16 Remote Manual Trigger System
  • Canon & Nikon Optic Wireless Slave Modes
  • Groups – A / B / C
  • 4 Channels
  • S1 & S2 Optic Slave Modes
  • Up to 500 Full Power Flashes
  • 0.01 – 2.5 Seconds Recycle Time
  • Flash Duration – 1/220s-1/10000s
  • Large Dot Matrix LCD Display
  • Custom Functions
  • Auto Memory Function
  • Micro USB Port for Firmware Upgrades
  • USB Communication Port (For FTR-16 & XTR-16 Receivers)
  • 3.5mm Sync Port
     

    MODELAD600 (Godox Mount) / AD600B (Bowens Mount) 

    Wireless slave mode*Radio transmission mode (compatible with Nikon & Canon)*Optical transmission mode (compatible with Nikon & Canon)

    Flash modeLocalM/Multi

    2.4G slave modeTTL/ M/Multi

    Optic slave modeTTL/ M/Multi

    Slave unit compatible cameraNikon  i-TTL/M/RTP flash(master unit uses TTL wireless flash trigger X1N etc)Canon EOS E-TTL II/M/Multiflash(master unit uses TTL wireless flash trigger  X1C etc)

    GN ( 1/1)87 (m ISO 100, with AD-R7 standard reflector)

    Flash duration1/220s-1/10000s

    POWER600W

    Power control9 steps:1/256~1/1

    Multi flash√(times:100 times;frequency:100)

    Flash exposure compensation(FEC)manual,FEB:±3 stops in 1/3 increments

    Flash syncHSS(1/8000s),first curtain sync,second curtain sync

    Flash delay0.1~10s

    Fan√

    Beep√

    Modeling lamp(LED)10W

    Optic slave flashS1/S2

    ScreenDot matrix LCD screen

    .
    WIRELESS(Optic and 2.4G

    Wireless flash functionslave,off

    Controllable slave groups5 groups:A, B, C, D, E

    DistanceOpticindoor:12~15m/39.4~49.2 feet outdoor:8~10m/26.2~32.8 feet

    2.4G80m

    ChannelOptic4 groups:1, 2, 3, 4

    2.4G32 groups:1~32

    .
    POWER

    PowerLithium(11.1V/8700mAH)

    Full power flash times500 times

    Recycling time0.01s-2.5s

    Power status√

    Power savingPower off automatically after 1 hour’s none operation

    Triggering mode3.5mm port,PC port,wireless remote port

    Color temperature5600±200k

    Size220*245*125mm (flash tube & reflector not included)

    Weight 2.66Kg (flash tube & reflector not included) Aprox. 2.9KG total

    Source: www.flashhavoc.com

Nikon D810 Review and sample raw images

Robert Hall

 

Nikon d810 raw samples -small raw and full size .NEF files

Review of Nikon D810

Nikon's newest dSLR has challenged many buyers. While it boasts excellent build quality, a phenomenal sensor with the best dynamic range ever recorded, and superb low-light performance, many are left worrying that the gargantuan file sizes will hinder their workflow or find the high megapixels unnecessary to begin with.

So what's all the hype about, and is this camera right for you?

For starters, the camera's sensor and processor are about as good as it gets in the world of dSLRs. It can reach up to a class-leading 14.8 stops of dynamic range. It is powered by the EXPEED 4 processor that Nikon uses to power it's flagship D4S. And it is first dSLR to have the Optical Low-Pass filter removed completely (The Nikon D800E and D7100 both had a reduced OLPF for sharper images) resulting in the sharpest images possible from a modern dSLR. 

Click here for full specs of the Nikon D810

The D810 has many minor tweaks that make it a much better option than its predecessors, including:

- A shutter that is substantially quieter than previous models and other professional dSLRs.

- A lower base ISO of 64, 2/3rd 's of a stop lower than most cameras. It also has an expandable ISO range on the bottom end, going down to 32 at L 1.0

- Increased to 5 fps, and faster in reduced quality modes, or with the MB-D12 battery grip

- Small Raw - Nikon has taken a much desired aspect from Canon and implemented it into the Nikon D810. You can now get a 9 megapixel raw image. With the option of crop modes, you can even get various other sizes of raw images.

-Brighter OLED viewfinder

-Auto-ISO in video mode

-Group AF mode, in which you control 5 points at once to give a wider area to auto-focus on while still controlling the position.

There are many other tweaks made that make the D810 a far superior camera to the d800 and d800E family. There have been some reports that the body is even better than the d4s, when sharpness and recoverability are considered. I did my own test using both the full size RAW .NEF files, and the 9 megapixel small raw option. While the small raw is certainly a much better option than jpeg, it does not hold a candle to the full size .NEF files. Comparison table below.

D810 Full-size RAW recovery on underexposed image

Original

Original

recovered 5 stops

recovered 5 stops

D810 Full size RAW recovery on overexposed image

original

original

recovered 4 stops

recovered 4 stops

D810 Small size RAW recovery on underexposed image

original underexposed small raw file

original underexposed small raw file

recovered

recovered

D810 small size RAW recovery on overexposed image

overexposed

overexposed

attempted recovery

attempted recovery

As you can tell, the full size .NEF file is still the way to go to ensure you can recover as many details from clipped highlights and shadows as possible.

Overall, the Nikon D810 has fixed everything about the overzealous D800 and D800E. The EXPEED-3 processor was just not enough to handle the high file sizes. On the Nikon D810, you don't even realize the size of your files because the EXPEED-4 processor handles them so well (until you have to copy and edit them that is). Simple things like the viewfinder improvements, lower base ISO, better high ISO performance, group-AF, quieter shutter, all make this camera a tremendous upgrade. The complete removal of the OLPF leads to the sharpest images imaginable from a dSLR. After reviewing files from both systems, I can confidently say that the d810 has completely separated itself from the Canon 5d Mark III.

Here is a dropbox link to sample D810 Raw sample files if you would like to play with any full size images yourself.

Feel free to share with any friends or photography groups that you think may find this helpful, including the drop box link.

Thanks for reading, comment below if you have any questions!

 

 

 

Using Pinterest to Grow Your Wedding Photography Company

Robert Hall

How to use Pinterest as an effective tool to build your wedding photography company.

I'm often asked if Pinterest is a worthwhile way for photographers to spend their precious marketing time. I personally experience many benefits utilizing Pinterest, both digitally and financially. Digitally, it has increased my SEO rankings, website traffic, and created a new way for clients to find my company. Financially, I have been fortunate to have booked clients who's initial connection was finding my work on Pinterest.

Generally the follow-up question I receive is, "How do I Pinterest?". The site is known for its extreme simplicity. Create a board, search interests, pin things to board. It's the 21st century version of the scene from bad chick flicks, where the down-on-her-luck gal is randomly inspired to pursue fashion and begins clipping every magazine she owns on her bed (Source: P.S. I Love You). But below the surface, Pinterest uses many complexities to ensure that content is relevant and worthy of being seen. This means those who jump on the social network and pin wonderful images to their boards, may be very saddened when their analytic graphs show no movement. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to ensure that your content gets seen, and benefits your business.

 

Before You Pin

1. Start out making all the right decisions

Many photographers jump on Pinterest for the first time and immediately start uploading their work, without a clue as to how the site operates. I know, I was there. If you are just starting out on Pinterest, do your research first to make sure you do not waste time. And if you already have a presence, take the steps to modify your past content to make it more friendly for the future.

 

2. Make sure all your branding is in line before your first pin

Make your account of the business variety. Upload your Profile picture. Connect your website and networks such as twitter. Name your page with Wedding Photography (or other niche if you are applying this to a different business model) and make sure to talk about that and location in the bio. All of these things ensure that, if one of your pins makes an impression on the right person, they have the means to find you.

 

3. Find friends you've already made

Initial pins are important. You do not need a huge following to get started, but using the available friend import tools can help you get a small following of people you know. This ensures that someone is seeing your uploads as they are hot off the press. Pinterest doesn't really care about images that have 0 repins, so you'll never reach the rest of the world if someone doesn't make the first repin. Bribing / shaming / crying to friends is also appropriate at this stage to get yourself going.

 

4. Create a specific board and describe it well

Now that your page is up and properly branded, it's almost time to start pinning. Make sure the board(s) that you create has a well-described title and even more specific description. Include style, locations, type of work, etc.. For instance, "Michigan Wedding Photography Inspiration" will be far more successful at getting potential clients to see my work than "Weddings". Make sure the title and description are focused on the same topic, and describe the pins well..
 

While you pin.

5. Always include a source

There are a variety of ways to pin. You can upload directly, drop in a link, or use external resources to get images to your boards. Whatever the method, always include a source. If you are going from URL or pinning on a site using an external method (such as the "right click to pin" add-on for Google Chrome), the source will automatically be entered. The source is important because, without it, your traffic will never leave Pinterest. Users know when you click a pin, it takes you to it's source URL so you can find out more, without it most users will quickly move on (even if your link is in the description).

 

6.  Use your description area wisely

This is your biggest weapon in acquiring organic search traffic of your wedding photography on Pinterest. This is also the trickiest area, as the algorithms are about as mysterious as the Google search bar. We do know things that work. Put your most important descriptors first. Do not put "My Name Photography" as the first words because nobody is searching for you. You can be image specific, or generic (if you are like me and copy paste the same into every description for time saving purposes). Next, you want to open yourself up to many different searches, so try to add relevant terms to each of your pins. 

 

7. Think like a client

One of the biggest mistakes people make when using Pinterest for marketing purposes is they describe theirs pins like a professional, as opposed to how a client would seek it out. Avoid jargon and verbiage that clients are unlikely to use, or at minimum, include both in your description. Yes, you may have to get off your horse for a moment and call your beautiful photography "pictures", but it's worth it when the end result is a new client finding you.

 

After you pin

8. Share your new board on other social networks

Pinterest is one of the more unique social media sites. Sharing your Pinterest content on your other social networks will create an opportunity for others to store what they love from your work. Also, you want your new pins to get traffic as soon as possible. Unseen pins will never move up the search ranks.

 

9. Repin other users

Now that you have a Pinterest account, it's important to use it for reasons other than self promotion. Share pins that inspire you, even if they do not directly relate to your industry. I have boards of all the different niches of photography that I enjoy. Just realize that what you pin is attached to your business, so try to keep everything professional.

 

10. Avoid trying to keep track of where your pins go

A repin is a positive thing, and that's all that matters. I have images that garnered very little attention from my board, but have hit the popular page from someone else repinning. This is why you want to source from the start. This ensures no matter where your pins catch fire, the traffic always finds a way home.

 

I hope this guide helps you get started to an effective Pinterest strategy that is beneficial to your wedding photography business. Feel free to comment with any additional questions and I will respond to the best of my knowledge. Check back for future educational posts on Pinterest regarding the use of hashtags, and the map feature. Happy shooting everyone!

 

Robert Hall is a professional photographer in Southeast Michigan. His work primarily consists of weddings, commercial and editorial. He is constantly improving his skills through trading of techniques and critique with fellow photographers. Robert is always looking for new connections on social networks!

www.robhallphoto.com
www.facebook.com/robhallphoto
Twitter / Instagram: @robhallphoto

 

What do the F-stop Numbers Represent?

Robert Hall

An explanation of the mathematics behind the F-stop

When making the jump to manual photography, one of the most confusing topics can be that of the f-stop. Even after learning that the aperture controls your depth of field, you can still be very confused by why the numbers change the way they do. It's no surprise, as circle geometry isn't something you use in your daily life.

However, understanding the mathematics can give you an excellent grip on the f stop scale, especially if you're the left-brain type. Let's assume that you are already familiar with the full f-stop scale (1.4 - 2 - 2.8 - 4 - 5.6 - 8 - 11 - 16 etc.). Why is it that only increasing .6 from 1.4 to 2 is the same time of adjustment as moving 5 from 11 to 16?

chap2_apertures.jpg

 

The reason is that the f/stop number is actually a ratio between the diameter and focal length of the lens. The inverse relation of light stems from the diameter becoming smaller as the f/stop number increases. For instance, an 85mm lens at f/2 will yield a diameter of 42.5mm (85 / 2), If you stop down (increase the f/stop and reducing the light 1 stop) to f/2.8, the diameter is now  30.3 (85 / 2.8). Now I know what you are thinking, 30 isn't half of 43, so how did we halve the light if the diameter didn't get cut in half?

This brings us back to circle geometry. We need to look at the area of light that passes through the opening. The area of a circle is found by π x radius^2. The radius is half of the diameter, and pi is a constant that represents the circumference divided by the diameter. So, lets do the area math for the example above with the 85mm lens.

At F/2 we have a diameter of 42.5, and F/2.8 is 30.3. This gives us a radius of 21.25 and 15.15 respectively. 

So for f/2 we have π x 21.25^2 = 3.14 x 451.5 = 1418 square mm (rounded)
For f/2.8, its π x 15.15^2 = 3.14 x 229.5 = 720 square mm (rounded)

As you can see (while looking past some rounding), we have cut the area of light in half. This is why when you stop down, you are actually cutting the strength of light by 2. The ratio also explains while the numbers start to have bigger intervals as you move up the scale.

 

Hope this helps and please feel free to keep asking questions so I can provide you with more educational content!

Robert Hall is a professional photographer in Southeast Michigan. His work primarily consists of weddings, commercial and editorial. He is constantly improving his skills through discussion of techniques and critique with fellow photographers. Robert is always looking for new connections on social networks!

www.robhallphoto.com
www.facebook.com/robhallphoto
Twitter / Instagram: @robhallphoto

More Space on the Cloud

Robert Hall

Who doesn't need more space on the cloud? Check out the latest cloud giant and see what they have to offer you.

http://blog.photographersadventureclub.com/a-new-cloud-storage-company-hits-the-scene-more-gb-for-all/

Robert Hall is a photographer servicing Michigan and beyond in commercial, editorial, and wedding photography. He aims to be the best choice in affordable wedding photographers. View more of his work at his full site Robert Hall Photography

Product and Commercial

Robert Hall

Interested in learning how to capture excellent product and commercial photos? Check out my post at the PAC that breaks it down step by step. You will also learn how to utilize lighting to combat difficult products that are transparent or reflective.

http://blog.photographersadventureclub.com/getting-high-quality-product-shots/

Robert Hall is a photographer servicing Michigan and beyond in commercial, editorial, and wedding photography. He aims to be the best choice in affordable wedding photographers. View more of his work at his full site Robert Hall Photography