Speedlighting Blog

Small flash photography from Angus Thomas Photography


Using Flash to Brighten & Sharpen

As a break from the corporate photography in London I spent a couple of days with the wonderful people at Benchmark Furniture in Kintbury shooting pieces for their promotional material at the I SALONI furniture trade fair in Milan. Sadly I didn’t get the invite to actually attend the show although I guess five days […]

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Speedlighters jump for joy

I shot a new banking client yesterday so was a little nervous meeting him for the first time. Imagine my relief when he showed me to the room for the shoot with the immortal words “our other photographers love this room as it has the most light” – I knew from that moment that I […]

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Flash Mad World

It seems as if the whole world has gone flash mad – The Flash Bus is on tour in the US – this a collaboration between David Hobby (ex Baltimore Sun newspaper photographer & the force behind small flash epoch www.strobist.com) and Joe McNally of LIFE and National Geographic.

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Ever wonder how to shoot large group shots in small offices?

Ever wonder how to shoot large group shots in small offices? Whilst I would like to say that my work is glamorous and takes me to wild and exotic places I can’t because it usually doesn’t. The most usual place for me to shoot is in a confined office space which is fine for single […]

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Slow Shutter Speed Portrait Without A Tripod

I am frequently asked questions around the subject of shutter speed when using flash so I thought a post on the Speedlighting blog would help to shed some light for those new to small flash. Conventional wisdom would say that you should take the focal length of the lens and add a bit – so if I am using my 70-200 at 200mm I would tend to use a shutter speed of 1/250th sec or higher ensure a sharp image – in fact this is changing as image stabilization gets better and right now I am shooting conference reportage unlit at 1/60th sec with my 70-200 IS MKII handheld with stunning results.

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Light Wrap & White Background Portraits

In response to a question in relation to light wrap from a student this weekend I thought I would post a short run through of a corporate shoot I did in Reading today.

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A Quick Single Light Portrait (Ode to Manual Mode)

I ran a strobist lighting class with a couple of great photographers, Anna and Kevin last Saturday one of whom is already working weddings professionally. We were looking at what small off camera flash could bring to Anna’s offer and they were pretty quick learners so I have no doubt that we will see the results on her website soon.

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The Quantum Qflash Pilot

Following on from my previous post about photographing interiors I thought I would just update the uninitiated about my Qflash Pilot. Here she is – not the prettiest bit of tech kit on the market but it really does work very well indeed.

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Qflash System Saves The Day – And My Legs

I wanted to pen a short post on my first experience with the Qflash Pilot a recent addition to the Quantum flash system. Whether you are looking for a portable flash system for photographing interiors, thinking about starting one of our strobist lighting courses in Oxford or just interested in photography equipment read on.

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Angus wins another photography prize

We just found out that Angus has won another portrait photography prize with the London Photographic Association. His portrait of Bunch Williams on her Gallopers at Sir William McAplines transport museum will be included in a new book to be published by Blurb in April and will feature in the “Lets Face It” exhibition to […]

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