Photography

LumiQuest Ready For Anything!

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LumiQuest Logo

25 years ago, Quest Couch and Heidi Kenny were operating Quest Productions, a company specialising in high-end corporate multimedia.

The still photography required for this type of work necessitated fast setups on location, under a variety of circumstances. These demands led to the development of the LumiQuest line of flash accessories.

“From our very first designs, the emphasis was on simple light modifiers that worked, rather than gimmicks that would sell.”

This mission has led to over 25 different devices designed to solve real lighting problems in the field.

“All of our light modifiers serve specific purposes by combining the photographers’ needs with the basic laws of physics to create simple, effective accessories that work. We continue to listen to photographers’ problems and share their vision … to help them create images that are beyond their wildest dreams.”

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October 2010 saw the launch of the UltraStrap – the most secure non-adhesive flash accessory mounting strap ever manufactured.

Ultra Strap (below)

LQ-126 UltraStrap 02
The patented marriage of neoprene and Velcro® loop results in a strap that applies a constant 3 lb. (1.36kg) tension to the flash with a non skid surface. The rugged UltraStrap attaches to most flashes in seconds to provide a secure attachment point for all LumiQuest accessories.
David Hobby (Strobist):

 

“LumiQuest is proud of their new Ultra Straps, and wants to put one of the stretchy, grippy mod mounts in every bag. Oh, and if you have not tried one of these yet, you are gonna like it.”

 Joe McNally:
“The LumiQuest Ultra Strap is the most secure way of attaching a light shaper to a small flash I’ve come across … it really works …” 
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2012 saw the launch of 3 new kits which include the FXtra compact gel holder & coloured gels as well as the UltraStrap:

Strobist® Kit (below)

Strobist® Kit offers the “go to” flash modifiers of David Hobby (www.strobist.com). Included in this Kit are the LumiQuest SoftBox IIIFXtra and two UltraStraps.

LQ-132 Strobist Kit 01

Wedding / Event Kit (below)

Included in this kit are the LumiQuest Quik Bounce,FXtra and UltraStrap – which are the perfect trio for fast moving photographers covering weddings and events.

LQ-134 Wedding Event Kit 01

Location / Portrait Kit (below)

Compact enough to take on location, yet equally at home in your studio. The products included in this Kit offer the photographer many options for shooting portrait type work on location. The Kit includes the SoftBox IIISnoot XTRFXtra and two UltraStraps.

LQ-136 Location Portrait Kit 01
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For 2013 the NEW…

READY FOR ANYTHING KIT (below) is here:

The NEW Ready For Anything Kit includes the ProMax SystemFXtra (compact gel holder & gels) and UltraStrap.

LQ-135 Ready For Anything Kit 01

Pentax 645D Automotive Studio Day with Clifton Cameras

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Join the Automotive Studio Day with Pentax 645D – hosted by Clifton Cameras.

Venue: Imagist Studio, Bristol.

Date & Time: 2pm Wednesday 22 March 2012

There’s still time to join the Clifton Cameras event. See Nick Dimbleby  (www.nickdimbleby.com) in action with the Pentax 645D shooting and Aston Martin in the studio, and have the opportunity to try the camera out yourself.

One our Snapperstuff Product Specialists will be on hand to advise you on the Think Tank Photo products and carrying solutions.  Please feel free to bring your gear for a bespoke “fitting service”.

Mark Pain in the shot

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Being Ready “Before the moment” ensured Mark Pain was able to capture this extraordinary image:

Tiger's ball heads straight towards Mark's camera

 

Mail on Sunday photographer Mark Pain stood fast as Tiger Wood’s golf ball headed straight for him during Saturdays play at this years Ryder Cup held at Celtic Manor in Wales back in October.

Tiger Woods, the American world No 1, was partnering Steve Stricker in the fourball against Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher (European Team) at the Ryder Cup. Tiger’s second shot to the 18th was a little wayward and landed in the crowd to the right of the green. The usual funnel opened up so Tiger could see the green and play his third shot in from the area trampled by spectators, a chip onto the green. However, he duffed his third shot, and it didn’t make it to the green, he sent the ball directly towards Mark who was crouched at the feet of the watching spectators.

Its the sort of shot that Tiger hits perfectly 999 times out of a 1000


“Its the sort of shot that Tiger hits perfectly 999 times out of a 1000” says Mark, but not on this occassion. Milliseconds after Tiger struck the ball it hit the lens hood of Mark’s 24-70mm lens and ricocheted into trusty Nikon D3s body before hitting him in the chest rolling onto his Think Tank Speed Changer then falling to the ground and coming to rest at his feet.

Mark tells me that thankfully it didn’t hurt him as the camera took the sting out of the shot, however the glare form Tiger was something else. “He knew he’d hit a bad shot and I wasn’t in the way, but it gave him something to focus on I guess.”

Your shot has had some impressive claims made about it on the internet Mark, I’ve seen quotes about it being “instantly iconic” and “Tiger gives us the best golf shot ever.” Are you surprised how big a shot it became and how fast? “Yes, indeed. It’s amazing CBS News interviewed me live for about 4 minutes and the guy with the cigar in the crowd behind Tiger was flown over to the States to be interviewed on the Today show.”

Has your mobile phone calmed down yet? “Yes it has, it was crazy for a week or so after I took the picture and the Mail on Sunday article was published, it really is amazing how many times it’s listed on Google, its been used on so many other sites and blogs, it’s a shame they don’t pay for usage.”

What about other news or golf magazines? “Yes, I’ve had calls from as far afield as Japan and Brazil that want to use the picture, it really is a globally recognised image and at least the magazines pay. Sports Illustrated used the image over two pages as a magazine opener, which is pretty impressive. Golf Digest ran a nice piece in the US too. There is also a nice little piece in the winter issue of Nikon Pro magazine”

I see that you’ve put the image in question as the splash page on your website, has it increased traffic at all? “Yes it has, but I think that as the picture is on so many sources and my name that people have searched for “markpain.com” and come to the page that way as nobody seems to have hyperlinked it in anyway”

Can you tell me a bit more about how you set up for the shot? “It was a tough call as to which lens to use, the shot was at around 70mm, so I took the 300mm off the D3s and grabbed my 24-70mm out of my Lens Changer 50 so I had 24-70 on one body and the 70-200 on the other. Covering the bases in case we were moved back when Tiger set up. When Tiger hit the shot I kept the camera on him to see his reaction, little did I know that the ball was heading my way and thats how I got the shot! The picture of me moving away and Tiger glaring at me was shot by Matthew Harris who was obviously in a different spot.”

Which belt do you use your Speed Changer on Mark and what other Modular Components do you use? “I’ve got a Speed Belt with my Speed Changer in the middle to the front, I then have a Lens Changer 25 and a Lens Changer 50 which are really brilliant with the zip down extensions they cover most of the lenses I’ll ever need to carry. I also have a Lightening Fast for my flash and some spare batteries and just in case for anything else I have a Whip it Out.

The really really great thing about the system and especially at this years Ryder Cup as the weather was so wet and muddy is the rain covers that come free with each component, I’m certain it saved my kit and kept it working when others were having problems.”

How long have you been using Think Tank gear for Mark? “I guess I’ve had the Speed Belt and the pouches for 3 or 4 years now and of course I’ve got one of the Airport International roller cases which is superb and goes literally everywhere with me.

To be honest all the Think Tank bags do exactly what you need them to do, most of the guys who cover golf pretty much full time all use Think Tank, you can wear it all day and have no problems what so ever and as I said mines 3 or 4 years old and still going really strong.”

Well Mark, congratulations on a brilliant picture, I’m really pleased that you were helped to get the shot because you were able to Be Ready “Before The Moment” with your Think Tank Photo gear, I hope it wins you a few competitions.

Mark Pain is glared at by Tiger Woods - photo Matthew Harris

No image manipulation, no staging, just straight forward top quality sports photography.

For further reading see: Mail on Sunday’s article

See Mark’s website: www.markpain.com

Peter Prior – Real World Wedding Workshop – December booking offer

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Real World Wedding Workshop

Multi award winning Wedding photographer Peter Prior has launched his ‘Real World Wedding Workshop’ aimed at aspiring and established photographers wishing to freshen or build up their business and wedding photography. For December 2010 only he is offering the workshop at a special price of £200.

Download full workshop info (PDF) from here: PeterPriorWorkshop2011

He has timed his workshop to get you up to to speed just as the new 2011 wedding season gets under way. It is intended to be a very informal, ego and hype-free workshop, and welcomes questions and input from all delegates!

Date: Thursday 3rd March 2011

Day: Thursday

Time: 10.00 to 5.00pm (registration and coffee 9.30am)

Venue: Ashdown Park Hotel, East Grinstead, East Sussex.

Spaces are strictly limited.

COST: £295

SPECIAL OFFER FOR DECEMBER 2010 ONLY:

Peter is offering an EARLY BOOKING RATE of just £200.00 per delegate for spaces booked before Christmas.

After the 25th December the price will increase to £295.00 per delegate.

The fee includes coffee on arrival, a decent hot and cold lunch and afternoon coffee.

Follow Peter Prior’s blog here: PETER PRIOR’S BLOG