tom kirkman

tom kirkman

Tom Kirkman is based in the New York City area and has been taking photos professionally for more than 40 years, with experience in food and editorial, as well as writing articles and creating projects for various publications.

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Savage has introduced two light stands which, besides supporting your gear, literally give you a leg up on uneven terrain. With the MultiFlex Light Stand, available in 10 and 6' versions,...
8 months ago
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Ideal for space-conscious image-makers who want performance and light weight, Angler has produced two softboxes with a clever design, made expressly for small LED lights. The softboxes take the edge off raw LEDs, creating a soft, flattering light with open shadows and reduced contrast. Their reflective silver interior maximizes the light source’s output, increasing its range, and making longer...
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Godox brings us an enhanced version of the AD600 with the introduction of the Wistro AD600Pro AC/DC Monolight. This 600Ws unit has onboard wireless TTL compatibility with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, and Panasonic cameras. Power, LED modeling light control, radio channels, or...
10 months ago
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The cameras in phones keep getting better and better, while the image quality in reduced-format cameras has shown superior quality in natural light. And they all have flashes, right? Then one day it hits you—usually after buying a DSLR and a flash—“I want more light,” and “I want it when I need it, not just on nice days, but maybe in the dark and rain.” Basically, you want to create light to more...
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Since 2013, when Profoto pioneered the TTL battery-powered monolight, the company has been regularly rolling out a new product or product enhancement, to the gratification of professionals and serious enthusiasts alike. While the creation of the B2's reduced form factor and OCF system might have given us a clue to what might be coming, the introduction of the A1 AirTTL Studio Light for...
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The new line of Impact Circular Reflectors offers a quick and easy way to fill in shadows or reduce contrast to give a refined look to your photo or video work. Available in 32, 42, and 52" diameters, the reflectors fold down to about 1/3 their open size to fit in their included case. Among the built-in convenience...
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After posing for a few gigabytes of formals in a hall, you can sense the wedding party’s palpable relief when, weather permitting, it’s time to take it outside. If you’re lucky enough to have nicely landscaped grounds, it’s a great opportunity to stop fighting with the tungsten light sources inside and take advantage of that flash-friendly sunlight. Whether you’re just starting out as a wedding...
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Flash accessories are popular add-ons, coming in right behind the camera and flash themselves in popularity, and with everyone from Kickstarters to major manufacturers releasing new items, it might be enlightening to look at a few. So, once you've mastered the on-camera flash and taken all the family pictures everyone has requested, it's time for some fun. Here are a few items to help you do just...
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An on-camera flash is arguably the first piece of photo gear most people buy after their initial investment in a DSLR. Sort of like the fashion world’s designer originals followed by available, affordable off-the-rack versions, third-party manufacturers piggyback their production expertise onto the technology developed by their “first-party” counterparts. But their freedom from having to be brand...
2 years ago
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The introduction of the Pro-10 power pack from Profoto satisfies the need for speed while continuing on a TTL roll that gave us the recently debuted D1 monolight. The 2-outlet 2400Ws pack recycles in 0.02 to 0.7 seconds, faster than its Pro-8 predecessor, and is capable of quick bursts of up to 50 flashes per second. The power range has also expanded to 11 stops (2.4 – 2400Ws), selectable in full...
2 years ago
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Having given Canon and Nikon the benefits of full TTL and HSS capability with the D2, B1, and B2 flashes, Profoto now makes this exciting technology available to Sony users with the introduction of the Air Remote TTL-S. This gives professional and serious photographers with Sony’s a7 II, a7R II, and a7S II cameras access to Profoto’s myriad lights and light-shapers, freeing them up from exposure...
2 years ago
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Everyone who has ever lugged around heavy gear has a soft spot for the breakdown studio. They all have in common the barest you'll need to get the job done, are fast to set up and break down, and are lightweight. Of course, there are choices to be made—flash or constant light, for instance. Flash has the benefit of stopping action, while constant sources allow you to see exactly what you'll get...
2 years ago
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There comes a time in every photographer’s life, usually after some consistently good shots with an on-camera flash, that he or she says, "Hey, I want to make my own light on demand. I can do this." Thus begins a seemingly never-ending journey—first mastering the basics and then trying to put some feeling and expression into your photos. Since most photographers start with portraits, this...
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Profoto has just made available the latest additions to the widening array of light shapers bound for use with the OCF (Off Camera Flash) System: two collapsible 2-foot OCF Beauty Dishes, one silver and one...
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A softbox is an enclosure designed to fit around an artificial light source, such as a flash tube or halogen lamp. Its reflective interior intensifies the light output and projects it through its only means of escape—the front diffusion screen. This creates a quality of light long appreciated by photographers and videographers, which resembles the softer light one might find streaming through a...
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