Black & White

I really like shooting black and white, always have ever since my first foray into shooting while working in London. Is there room for a dedicated black & white digital camera? I have shot with the Monochrome and the files are fantastic, the only issue is its based on the M9. I have also shot extensively on Fuji and Sony cameras processing the files through Silver Effex and the results are good but they are no where near the Monochrom.

Do we need one? No. Do we want one? Possibly. Do we want one enough for a mainstream brand to produce one? Probably not.

Here is a quick video on the Leica Monochrom-

I tell you what, if you could make a mono X-100T I would buy one!

Guitarist Andy Summers Is A Photographer

He documented the antics of the band The Police from the 80’s until their reunion tour in 2007-

“Photography started to become very important to me while I was in The Police. I grew up with European art films. I think somehow this is where it came from, because pretty early on, and certainly within the first year of The Police, I had some pocket money and I realized I could get a really good camera, I thought, “I’ll see whether I can do this photography thing.” I hadn’t had much experience with a camera at the time either.

There’s some part of me that is definitely a photographer, and throughout pretty much the entire career of The Police, I was always photographing everything and studying it, taking pictures of the band and thinking about making realistic photographs. I was creating weird stuff–I was influenced by Man Ray and people like and– the more intense it became with the band. On tour is you become an automaton who knows how to play 15 songs very well, that’s it. There’s not much more to you than that. This is what happens on the long tours and ours never ended. But I would be off away from the others, away from the band environment, doing photography and I was completely in control of that. So I think that was sort of a cathartic thing for me, which came with the photography. And of course, I also really enjoy it, and I love it, and I like looking at it, and studying it, and being immersed in it. And it’s continued on ever since The Police, of course.”

On To Light Shaping: Sal Cincotta At the Great Wall with Some Great Lights

I get enthusiastic about good product and this is some of the best-

The On to Light Shaping series consists of 18 videos featuring 18 renowned wedding and portrait photographers. Each one has tried the new Profoto Off-Camera Flash system. Each one has shot some stunning images with it.

In wedding and portrait photographer Sal Cincotta’s case, he brought a B2 Off-Camera Flash and an OCF Softbox 2’ Octa with him to nothing less than the Great Wall of China.

Because of its far away location, the logistics of capturing this image were not the easiest. And one thing he’s learned over the years is that he doesn’t need big lights – he needs power. “The B2 Heads are about the same weight and mass as my speedlights, but they output 4 to 5-times the light,” he says. “Speedlights put out maybe 50 or 60ws of light. The B2 Heads output 250ws!”

See more of Sal’s work:

Using RFi Strip Softboxes to Create a Dramatic Portrait

Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. Once a month, Andrea takes us behind the scenes of a recent shoot to share some of the knowledge he has gained over the years. This time he brings strip softboxes to a murky hangar to shoot an elegant yet dramatic portrait of an old friend of his.

Doing a bit of work with L & P and Profoto this week, great to get back into lighting with flash.