Archive for February, 2012

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Back to School blues… and reds and a little bit of green.

Commercial Photographer Kevin Manning of St. Louis Missouri joins us today to share the story of a shoot he did for the iPAD news app., “The Daily.”

Meet the Bad Hair Gang of Elsah, Ill. who are suspended for their first week of school for violating the Grafton Elementary School dress code by coloring their hair.

These rapscallions were suspended on the first day of school for having bad hair.

They are spending their suspension exercising their constitutional right to freedom of expression, contacting the ACLU, posing for portraits for national publications and TV, and eating ice cream.

Their diminutive ringleader David aka “Littleman”  is but 6 and was suspended in his first hour of first grade.  Their ranks include an honor student and also a cancer awareness activist. I did my part by educating them about color temperature and TTL metering.

This shot was taken using two off-camera Trios, one with a parabolic reflector pointed up for a diffused ceiling bounce and the other with the Quantum bare-bulb diffuser.

The great advantage here was quickness of setup and using QTTL with a pilot.

Kevin Manning



Falling Off On The Edges

There are a number of photographers over the years that have posed these two questions to us. “Why is the light falling off on the edges?” or “How come the Qflash is not covering all of the frame?”.

They notice this when they are photographing large families or groups at events and do not realize why it is happening. After finding out when it is occurring I can give them an answer to correct it.  What is happening is that they have the large group of people arranged in a straight line and the ends of the groups are farther away from the flash than they are at the center of the group. This causes the ends to be darker or have ” light falloff”.

The answer is simple — curve the group at the ends, so it forms a shallow semi-circle. This brings all the people approaching the ends to be closer to the flash and therefore will get the same quantity of light as those in the center of the group.

JB & DeEtte Sallee’s new tour, The Sallee School.

Quantum is proud to be sponsoring JB & DeEtte Sallee’s latest educational tour, The Sallee School.

Some of the finest professional photographers working today will be joining the Sallees to share their success stories and to raise the level of professional photography all around the country.

Sallee School covers a wide range of topics from Photography & Lighting, to Photoshop, to Marketing & Sales.  The Sallees and their guest speakers have already posted their Spring Semester, Mini Session 1, and Summer School schedules, with new content to offer on each visit. Check their registration page ( Sallee School Registration ) to see the courses available in a city near you. Let’s all inspire and grow together at Sallee School!

Quantum is dedicated to ensuring your success.  We look for opportunities to support high quality educational tours, like Sallee School, Clay Blackmore, David Ziser, and more. Join our mailing list at to be notified about upcoming seminar tours, as well as new tutorials, and videos.

The Best of Both Worlds.

Zach Reed

- MLB Trainers Society Consultant - Zach Reed

This week we are visiting with Jim Cowsert from Grapevine Texas. Jim is a freelance media photographer who also does senior photos,  family portraits, corporate  portraits, and sports photography. The gallery page on Jim’s web site ( ) reveals a particularly passion for sports photography. He has worked for many major league clubs, been featured in numerous sports publications and his images have been honored among Sports Illustrated’s Pictures of the Year.

Jim at World Series Game 3

Jim at World Series Game 3in the Rangers dug-out

One of Jim’s recent assignments brought together his skill for corporate portraiture and his love for sports. The Major League Baseball trainers were in Dallas for their winter meeting and Jim’s assignment was to take head shots of all the trainers… Alright, so this was not game three of the World Series, but the assignment was not without it’s challenges.

One hundred different head shots had to be taken in under 2 hours and for the convenience of the trainers, Jim had to set-up in the dimly lit hallway outside the meeting room.

Jim got the shots using his Qflash  T5D-R set in Quantum’s 26″ Octobox for the main light and a Qflash Trio with the 12″ Quantum softbox for a kicker light.  These were set in manual mode and fired with the Pilot on top of his Canon 1D MkIV.

Jim Cowsert

The Quantum Sensor Limit Feature

We get a lot of questions about the Sensor Limit feature available in Auto and Auto-Fill modes on Qflash, Trio and Trio Basic. This great feature allows you to communicate better with your flash. Specifically it lets you tell the flash how far away your subject is, so Auto mode does not try to light up a dark background in the distance, and blow out the shot.

Without Sensor Limit

Distant Background - Without Sensor Limit

Distant Background - with Sensor Limit

Distant Background - with Sensor Limit









Sensor Limit works really well in catering halls where the lights are turned down. Say for instance that you have the bridal couple 12 feet from you. The lights are turned down for ambiance and there is a dark background behind the couple. If you have the sensor limit set for 15 feet, the flash will not put out more light than necessary for 15 feet at the ISO and f/stop you have set on the camera.

It is important to remember that Sensor Limit is only available in Auto & Auto-fill modes, where the sensor in the flash is used to calculate the exposure. The sensor limit does not apply in QTTL mode, which uses information from the camera or Manual modes.