New Profoto Studio Kit Test

Profoto asked us to test out their new Studio Kit, so I put it through its paces to see how it works in the real world. Read the whole article at the website here:
Profoto D1 Air Studio Kit Review.
Also, be sure to check out the video on page 2 showing how the kit works.

Nikon CLS Books Have Arrived and We’re #2 at

We just received our first preliminary shipment of The Nikon Creative Lighting System 2nd Edition books and we’ll be sending out signed copies next week to those of you who ordered in advance. As an author, it’s always fun to get your hands on an actual copy of a book after so many months of [...]

The Nikon Creative Lighting System - 2nd Edition

Our newest book, the 2nd Edition of the very popular The Nikon Creative Lighting System, is about to hit the shelves. The update includes brand-new chapter content on the SB-700 and SB-910 flashes. Of course, the book also has excellent chapters on using the SB-600, SB-800, SB-900, and R1C1 Flashes. At almost 300 pages, the [...]

What is the best lens for … ?

New photographers often ask me what is the “best” lens for their photography. Often, they own the standard kit lens with their new SLR and are concerned that it isn’t good enough for great photography. This assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that the lens is far less important than the [...]

Event Photography With Flash

Great questions today from a photographer (W. Kwan) who attended my recent workshops in Los Angeles. Here are his questions and my answers below.
First off, I’d really like to take this opportunity to thank you for your hard work and dedication to the Nikonians community.  Your workshop was the best class/workshop I’ve ever been to [...]

Viewing Tethered Shoot on iPad with Capture Pilot

Just wrote a review for a great new product called Capture Pilot from the good people at Phase One. The product allows anyone with an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to view photos from a tethered photo shoot in real time. The product is truly awesome. Check out the article and see how I used [...]

Guest Blog: Fashion Week 2011 by Keith Ibsen

Fashion Week – 2011
Winning The Image Battle, When You’re Out Numbered and Out Gunned!
Thanks to Laurence Yang, model and editor of Runway Weekly, I had the opportunity to attend several shows at Fashion Week. The venues were held at New York City’s Lincoln Center from Thursday, February 10th thru the 17th.
Anyone who is [...]

Some nice words

… from a Texas workshop participant - Carl Licari.

Photoflex Dual Flash Hardware

Have you ever needed more power in your wireless flash setups? I do all the time. In fact, just the other day I was photographing a soccer team’s photos on a sunny day and found myself under-powered with only one SB-900 flash in my umbrella. I was shooting at 1/500 second (i.e. high speed sync) [...]

Using FV Lock for Flash Photography

Ever had people or pets blink when you take flash photographs of them? The Nikon CLS (Creative Lighting System) uses pulses of light to communicate to the remote flashes in your lighting arrangement. These pulses of light are sent out before the shutter opens, so if the subject has fast reflexes, they will often blink from [...]