Meet Lina. All natural. East coast. And no, I won’t introduce you to her. Like Lina’s Facebook Page!
She looks a bit like 2008 Playboy Playmate of the Year Jayde Nicole Gelette-Ivany, no? With maybe a little Vanessa Hudgens thrown in for good measure.
It was a pretty brisk evening when Marietta and I shot, which was quite different from the sweltering heat we endured last time we got together. You may recognize this dress as one we used before and Marietta requested it again to see if we could do better. I think we did.
Lighting was a single Alien Bees 1600 strobe in a 24×36 Photoflex softbox. Shot with a Nikon D600 and 24-120mm f/4 lens.
Brandi from 2010.
Eight months have passed since I last photographed Chloe. Only two things have changed, really: she finally got her braces off and we had to shoot inside instead of outside this time.
But, you know, stripper pole. So. Yeah.
Say hello to 19-year old Riley! Riley first contacted me when she was just 17, curious to learn more about the modeling world. Although there were a few false starts, we eventually got together in December and knocked out these photos at the Hyatt Regency Toronto. Riley’s currently training to be a plumber (hence her crazy guns), drives a truck, and is from a town in Ontario a little more quaint than Toronto — but she cleans up real nice! Follow her on Instagram! (Follow me too, if you’d like.)
You’ll see more of Riley soon, I promise.
You’ve seen Alison on the blog before, but only as a result of my trips to Halifax. She’s bound to be a more frequent face around these parts since she’s just moved to Toronto and we (the city) have no intention of ever giving her back to Halifax. She must stay forever! I mean, just look at her.
These were all photographed with the late day sun at the Hanlan’s Point beach at the Toronto Islands. Even though I lugged a good deal of gear with me on the ferry, I ended up using almost none of it. Just the camera, two lenses (50mm f/1.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8), and nothing else!
It’s been a long time since you’ve seen Randall here on this blog and that’s because it’s been a long time since I’ve seen her. Two and a half years have elapsed since our last photo shoot which ate away at me every day the longer it wore on.
But recently Randall and Ryan (RSQUARED) reunited for a rambunctious rabbit photo shoot in the valley!
I’d spent the week before our session scouting out what I hoped would be the perfect spot, but I couldn’t quite nail down what my brain was envisioning. We settled for what’s practically right in my backyard — Toronto’s Don Valley. Though just mere metres from the highway that runs through it, the Don Valley features abundant foliage and wildlife, so Randall blended right in with her BCBGMAXAZRIA rabbit veil. You keen blog readers will note that I’ve used this accessory once before, but now it’s officially retired. It’s been added to Randall’s repertoire for future costume parties and the like.
This was also my first experiment with smoke bombs, which of course didn’t cooperate nearly as well as I’d hoped but still ended up creating a nice effect.
Top: Forever XXI
We made some non-rabbit photos too!
I headed over to eBay where there’s a myriad of sellers for this product. I settled on ordering from GoodboyStudio who offered a $128.99 price and free shipping to Canada (incidentally, it’s $125.99 on the GoodboyStudio website as of this writing). Considering the $400-800 price tags on Quantum packs, the Godox is a steal.
For those of you who don’t know, the Godox PB820 is an external battery pack that will connect to popular flash units (with the correct cable) like the Nikon SB-900 and Canon 580EX II. It provides much faster recycling times than the AA batteries that usually power the flash — a full-power recycle can be done in just one second, versus five seconds or so with AAs. This is especially handy when shooting corporate events, weddings, and parties, as you can fire shots fairly rapidly without worrying about whether or not your flash has recycled. This benefit is of further use outside, where your flash will almost always be using full-power pops if you’re trying to fill in or overpower the sunlight. Waiting five seconds between shots is agony for your subjects, so the Godox solves this problem easily.
Setup and usage of the Godox PB820 couldn’t be simpler. Plug in to charge, then plug in to your flash to use. There’s a smartly designed on/off system too. Turn the device on without a flash plugged in and the LEDs will light up to show you the remaining battery charge, then the unit shuts off after a few seconds. If the device is on with a flash attached, either pushing the on/off switch or removing the cable will power down the unit. It’s basically impossible to leave the unit powered on accidentally.
I purchased my unit in lime green (pictured above) but it also comes in black. I like colourful photo accessories better than black ones since it makes it easier to spot them in a camera bag or if I’ve set them down on the other side of the room.
The included shoulder strap is pretty useless to me, so I didn’t both attaching it. I’m much more content with the belt clip.
Likewise, the rubber feet on the underside of the unit seem pointless. Yes, the unit can stand upright on these feet. And yes, they actually grip a table surface pretty well. But I can’t envision a situation where I’d have the PB820 standing upright on a flat surface. As with anything tall and skinny and with a small footprint, it’s still prone to tipping over despite the grip of the feet. I’m much more likely to lay it down flat on its broad side (while charging, say), which seems like a more natural orientation for this type of device.
It’s also worth noting that your flash unit still needs AAs to power the LCD screen and some other functions even when an external battery pack is attached.
Overall, highly recommended for the price.
- Godox Propac PB820 External Flash Battery Pack
- Wall charging cable
- Car charging cable
- Neoprene shoulder strap
- Cable to connect Nikon SB-900
What I Like
- Compact and lightweight — about the size of a thick paperback book
- Works as advertised — reliable, fast power for your flash
What Could Be Improved
- The belt clip is rigid and secure, but I had trouble slipping it off my belt because of that. That’s certainly better than it being too loose and falling off, but I think their belt clip could use a re-design. It would also be helpful if the clip swiveled, as I often had to kneel down while wearing the PB820 on my hip and there’s no mechanism for preventing it from digging into you.
- The manual is terribly obtuse, obviously translated from another language into English. The description (and accompanying chart) of the unit’s battery meter LEDs is laughably complex for something so simple.