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"The True Summer Advantage" - Digital Photography Podcast 636

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The Creative Luxli Cello 10" RGBAW LED Light

I've really enjoyed working with bi-color LED lights for my portrait work. But the Luxli Cello 10" RGBAW LED Light expands this color versatility to a dizzying new height.

light-with-app-1024.jpg The Luxli LED panel inside a softbox with its Bluetooth controller app running on my iPhone.

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Each of the 176 individual LEDs inside the panel can reproduce red, green, blue, or white. These color options can be mixed using three modes - white (or color temperature) mode, RGB mode, or filter mode. So all of my options are open. I can tune the panel for precise color temperature control during a portrait shoot. Or I can create an effect using its virtual color gels.

There are two ways to enable these controls. The built-in LCD display on the back of the panel is intuitive and easy to read. I can adjust brightness, then switch between the RGB, gel filter, and CCT modes with the touch of a button. Or, I can use the free Conductor app (iOS and Android) to make these same changes.

I use both control options. Typically, I first set up the lighting with the back LED panel. But I've also been using the Luxli in my portrait softbox. And for those shoots, it's super convenient using my iPhone to change the light settings. I can stay where I am in shooting position, adjust the light, then fire off another series. I never have to disrupt the flow of the shoot by walking over to the softbox, opening it up, and fiddling with the controls. The iPhone is always in my pocket, and it is my lighting remote control.

Bella-With-Jacket-1024.jpg Even though the Luxli Cello is compact enough for on-camera work, it's powerful enough for lightbox lighting in the studio.

Here are the basic specs for the Luxli Cello 10" RGBAW LED Light ($399):

  • 10" 176 RGBAW LED Light
  • Adjustable Full Color Light
  • iOS/Android App Control via Bluetooth
  • White Mode: Standard Bicolor Operation
  • RGB Mode: Select Color from RGB Wheel
  • Filter Mode: Colored Gel Sampling
  • Discreet Dimming and Color Knobs
  • 100 to 0 Percent Brightness Dimming
  • 1/4"-20 Mounting Thread

The Luxli uses the same Sony L-Series battery that my other LEDs use, so it fits into my family of lighting gear. It also accepts plug-in power via a wall adapter.

back-panel-1024.jpg The back panel showing the LCD display and the Sony L-Series battery.

The kit includes:

  • Luxli Cello 10" RGBAW LED Light
  • Shoe-Mount Ball Head
  • NP-F750 Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • iOS and Android app available for download

If you're looking for versatile, powerful lighting in a compact package, the Luxli Cello is certainly an LED panel to consider.

You can share your thoughts at the TDS Facebook page, where I'll post this story for discussion.

This is The Digital Story Podcast #636, May 22, 2018. Today's theme is "The True Summer Advantage" I'm Derrick Story.

Opening Monologue

Summer is the season of family vacations, solo adventure, BBQing, baseball games, picnics, and bare feet. But for photographers, there's another benefit that might not be immediately apparent, but can be wildly useful and enjoyable - and that's the subject of today's TDS photography podcast.

"The True Summer Advantage"

Light is the one thing that we need for photography, and there's plenty of it during the summer. And it's not so much the warmer days that I'm talking about, but the longer ones.

Even if you can't take as many photo vacations or workshops as you wish, with a little planning, you can substantially increase your captures. Here's how.

Let's say that you have a job that requires your presence from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm daily. If you're lucky, your workplace isn't far from home. Typically, that's not the case, however. But you can use this to your photography advantage.

If the commute to work is 30 minutes, for example, then that puts you in a new environment away from the house. In prime summer, there's working light until roughly 8:30 pm. Using your workplace as a jumping off point, you have 3 extra hours for creative pursuits that you did not have in the winter.

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Open a map and draw a 1-hour radius from your work. What are the photo opportunities within that circle? Conceivably, you could bring your camera gear to work, leave the office at 5:30 pm, travel to one of these locations within radius, shoot a series of images, and be home by 9 pm.

That is one extra shoot that didn't require you to use any of your weekend or vacation time. And what if you identified numerous locations within this radius? (And that's not to mention revisiting the ones that you liked the first time.)

If you set this up to do just twice a month during the summer, you could add 6 or more quality photo shoots to your library without disrupting family obligations or daily routine. Think about the possibilities here.

The Portfolio Project - Week 3 - Wandering

The latest gallery that I added to my Portfoliobox project is Wandering. And the process that led me to this topic is quite interesting (as explained during the podcast).

I also tried a new feature. Mouse over any of the images on the gallery page, and a very attractive screen appears show the location for the shot. This allows me to add context to the image without cluttering up the gallery.

One of things that I really noticed when assembling this collection was how important it was for the images to work together on the page. I started with over 60 candidates, and experimented with many combinations before I settled on the 16 that's displayed there now.

I love using Portfoliobox for these reasons:

  • My images look great, both on my computer and on my mobile devices.
  • It's easy to use. Without any instruction, I'm adding a high quality page in just minutes.
  • It's affordable. There's a free plan and a Pro version. The Pro version is only $82.80 per year or $8.90 per month USD, and that's before the 20 percent TDS discount.

Highlights with the Pro Plan

In addition to unlimited pages, you get a personalized domain name, web hosting, and up to 1,000 images.

Get Started Today

Just go to the TDS Landing Page to get started with your free account, or to receive the 20 percent discount on the Pro version. And if you want to see the page that I've begun, visit www.derrickstoryphotography.com.

Panasonic Lumix TS7/FT7 is the first rugged compact camera with a built-in EVF

DP Review reports: "Panasonic has announced its Lumix DC-TS7 (FT7 outside of North America) which is the first waterproof/rugged compact to have an electronic viewfinder. The viewfinder is 0.2" in size and has an resolution equivalent to 1.17 million dots and a magnification of 0.45x equivalent. Obviously, you won't be able to use the EVF if you have a scuba mask on, but for shooting in bright light on land it could come in handy. There's also a 3" non-touch LCD available for composing and reviewing your photos."

"The TS7 has a 20.4MP, 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor and an F3.3-5.9, 28-128mm equiv. lens. It's able to go 31m/102ft underwater, can take a fall from 2m/6.6ft and can withstand 100kg / 220lb of crushing force. It's also freezeproof to -10C / +14F."

Great Online Training Titles for Efficient Learning

I have some terrific photography titles on both LinkedIn Learning and lynda.com. You may want to visit my lynda.com Author Page or my LinkedIn Learning Author Page. Here's a look at some of the titles waiting for you.

  • Capture One Pro 11 Essential Training
  • Luminar Essential Training
  • Photos for macOS High Sierra Essential Training
  • Dropbox for Photographers
  • Sharing Photos with Flickr
  • A Photographer in Cuba
  • High School Seniors Portrait Photography

Signed Print Giveaway - If you watch one chapter for any of my training videos on lynda.com or LinkedIn Training during the month of May, send me a notification after the viewing via the Contact Form on The Nimble Photographer. (You can sign up for a free trial on lynda.com.) Just say, "I watched a chapter on lynda.com or LinkedIn Learning!"

You name will be entered into a drawing for a signed print from the Maui Project. The lucky recipient will be announced on the June 5, 2018 podcast. (Promotion ends on May 31, 2018. Void where prohibited.)

Reservation Forms have been sent for the Burney Falls and Lassen Volcanic National Park Workshop

We have our cabin reservations secured for Sept. 27-29, 2018 for the Burney Falls and Lassen Volcanic National Park Workshop. I sent out reservation forms this last weekend. So if you are on the reserve list, you should have received an invite.

Updates and Such

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B&H and Amazon tiles on www.thedigitalstory. If you click on them first, you're helping to support this podcast. And speaking of supporting this show, and big thanks to our Patreon Inner Circle members:

And finally, be sure to visit our friends at Red River Paper for all of your inkjet supply needs.

See you next week!

More Ways to Participate

Want to share photos and talk with other members in our virtual camera club? Check out our Flickr Public Group. And from those images, I choose the TDS Member Photo of the Day.

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