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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1 week ago
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...
4 weeks ago
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 months ago
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 months ago
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...
6 months ago
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...
8 months ago
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...
9 months ago
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...
10 months ago
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...
10 months ago
With the newly stocked, battery-powered S1 and the AC-powered S1A, Interfit joins the small but growing number...
11 months ago
Available in small, medium, large, ultra-wide, and octagonal, these portable modifiers maximize the potential of your shoe mount flash while catalyzing your creativity. Setup is a snap via touch-fasteners and a loop strap, while the softboxes collapse flat just as quickly. At 6 x 6.75",...
1 year ago
The holidays have always seemed like a season of lights, so what better time to point out some of the great lighting kits available at B&H as gifts or for those gifting themselves? It's a very broad field and the items suggested here represent a fraction of 1% of the many kits we carry, so we'll take it one category at a time. Flash or Strobe Basic factors to consider are the type of work you...
1 year ago
The slogan “You are what you eat” carries more weight than ever, and photographing our food to proclaim what we are has become a multi-faceted reflexive gesture for those of us who have come to regard our phones as another appendage. Food photos can signal mood, intent, achievement, or sense of place―they can even be used as a stimulant. They are used for everything from self-congratulation on...
1 year ago
Available for Nikon or Canon, the EL-Skyport Plus HS Transmitter Elinchrom introduces a game- changing wireless solution that's compatible with 3 generations of transceivers and...
1 year ago
Expanding its line of sports lights for use outdoors, Light & Motion introduces the Sidekick Duo and Flood LED. In a new direction, the company also addresses the needs of image-...
1 year ago
Newly available in 16, 20, 22 and 27" diameters, these light shapers have a signature soft-but crisp-quality of light favored by fashion photographers. They're also known for their rendering of makeup and hair and the...

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