Offering a photographer a gift is not an easy task, also because many of the guides you’ll find available go around the same old suggestions: a camera, a lens, etc. Photographers, especially at more advanced levels, as those that do regularly studio or location photography and need to use lighting, need more than that, so we look at some products in the lighting department that you may find interesting to explore, and probably wrap up as a gift to someone you know. Make sure, first, that they need/want this kind of material, as it is very specific, but do explore these – and other – options as ways to make for a completely different gift to a friend that loves photography.
More Versatility, Less Stress
The first suggestion is the new Phottix HS Speed Mount II. With a locking Bowens-compatible adapter to mount softboxes and other accessories using compatible speed rings, the HS Speed Mount II is a new edition of the initial product. The mounting system has been revised. Using an adapter and strap hot shoe flashes can be mounted horizontally from the flash body – taking stress off the hot shoe. The mount is adjustable for different sized flashes.
The HS Speed Mount II, features a reversible L Bracket, allowing flashes to be mounted vertically, using the included cold shoe mount, or directly to a trigger using the 1/4×20 mounting screw. The HS Speed Mount II is designed to be used with the Phottix Varos BG Umbrella Swivel. It can be mounted to other umbrella adapters with a 5/8” lug. If can be used with different accessories, from beauty dishes to softboxes, opening new ways to control light to photographers. And when the session is over, the HS Speed Mount II easily breaks down and stores in its included carrying bag.
More Light with the Multi-Boom 28
Building on the success of the Phottix Multi-Boom 16 – the new Phottix Multi-Boom 28 offers increase functionality, allowing more flashes and larger softboxes to be mounted, and with a more balanced position over the light stand.
Maneuvering a softbox is even easier now using the Multi Boom 28’s built in hand grip. Full tilt, and swivel motion is now possible. The Multi Boom’s bracket mounts in a standard umbrella swivel. The boom holds four flashes on axis with the umbrella shaft, and allows an umbrella softbox or umbrella to be tilted.
A single flash mount is also now included, allowing a single flash to be mounted centrally. And an integrated short column also provides a compact bracket option. It is available as the Phottix Multi Boom 28″ or as a combo with Multi Boom 28″ and Phottix Varos II BG Umbrella Adapter.
A Giant Reflector and Diffuser
The new Phottix Full-Frame Reflector Kit is a rugged and collapsible reflector and diffuser, perfect for on-location work. The aluminum frame adds rigidity, and makes the Full-Frame Reflector easy to hold and position. With the included grip head it can also be mounted to a light stand or boom arm.
The Full-Frame Reflector is a 1.5x1m aluminum-framed reflector with easy-to-remove panels. The aluminum frame folds down for easy storage and transport in the carrying bag. Included are a white diffuser and white/silver panel. The kit also includes a belt adapter and pole. By using the grip head, belt adapter and pole the reflector can be held over a subject and out of frame – perfect for taming hard sunlight.