As a freelance news photographer I am constantly dealing with some of the most challenging lighting conditions. Things happen quickly and rarely is there time to move our subjects to where the half-decent light is. Press conferences, political rallies, ceremonies, and celebrations often take place in dark corridors or poorly lit auditoriums. But I am responsible for getting good shots, in spite of bad conditions.
[Shooting for the] Red Cross, I’m covering fires, often in the dark of night, photographing people in makeshift shelters, chronicling fund raisers, children’s holiday parties, celebrations, post-fire walk-throughs often in tenement conditions, and the annual Red Ball…held in…a cavernous room…with red atmospheric lighting and there are no white ceilings or walls from which to bounce flash. The first year, I had the Red Carpet assignment, and I used the Spinlight 360 with my camera mounted on a tripod. In fact, it was my Spinlight’s debut on my camera and it did not let me down. I used the large white card to create a “little ceiling” and we had the best red carpet shots ever! This year I [shot] candids at the ball, where the dim lights and red accents were my biggest challenge. Spinlight 360 was a shining star, and so was the photographer!
The success stories with my Spinlight 360 are mounting. A few weeks ago I photographed the Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame inductions in a VERY dimly lit auditorium. I was the only photographer with flash and I was the only photographer who had GREAT shots from the event.
I’m thrilled with the Spinlight 360’s performance and recommend it to every photographer in my circle. It comes with me on every assignment and gives me the confidence to know I’ll be coming home with great photos.
After First Use: Wow. Absolutely amazing. The SpinLight 360 Extreme saved me at the latest wedding I second shot. So you are wondering how right? Well, let’s say that my radio triggers were interfering with another photographers triggers which prevented me to execute edge lighting from off camera flash. Since the SpinLight 360 Extreme includes a wealth of modifiers for almost every situation, specifically the half dome along with the 6 inch white card, I was able to execute lighting effects that usually required multiple off camera lights to execute…with the Spinlight 360 on camera.
There were also situations where I need to change the SpinLight 360 half dome into a full frosted dome and was able to make the change within a matter of seconds. For a fast paced event like a wedding every second counts…Using the SpinLight 360 Extreme for the wedding was an absolute breeze.
Conclusion: If you are a photographer that uses mainly on-camera flash, then the SpinLight 360 Extreme is a must have lighting modifier…due to the ability to combine multiple modifers like the half dome and the white or black bounce card you’d be able to achieve looks commonly only unique to multiple light off camera lighting setups.
For off-camera lighting strobists, the SpinLight 360 Extreme will surely not disappoint. With the ability to add white cards and black cards along with a half dome or soft full dome, you’d be able to flag light without the need to purchase black foil and use as a DIY flag.
Join The SpinLight 360 Lighting Revolution
I especially like the grids, the snoot and the bounce cards. I use the white card to bounce and soften light and the black card to block light where I don’t want it to go. The spinning housing that attaches to the speedlight really makes this easy. I like the grids and snoot for harder edged environmental portraits of athletes. I like the amber gels for their pleasing warmth and how they solidly attach and don’t interfere with the attachment of additional modifiers. I have a kit for each of my 3 canon 600RT speed lights.
This past winter I had an assignment to photograph a champion Iditarod dog musher in Alaska in late December and it sure was cold. The spinlight 360 system performed well at sub-zero temperatures and was easy to work even with gloves on. The snoot and grid along with the black gobo cards were very effective at keeping unwanted light off the snow and focused on the subject.
I ran into them on the Expo floor and then I asked our video crew to stop by and do a quick video. Worth checking out the short 3-minute video.
It comes with 2 Full Domes, 1 Half Dome, Snoot, 4 Bounce Cards. Also Includes 3 Gel Disks & 1 1/2 CTO Gels. It works better than anything I’ve tried and offers professional-quality solutions at a pro-sumer price.
SPINLIGHT 360 EXTREME – WINNER OF THE HOLIDAY 2012 GREAT DESIGN AWARDS
It includes two white and two black bounce cards, a snoot, several domes and half domes, gels and more. The 360 EXTREME is compatible with many Canon and Nikon speedlights, including the 600EX-RT and the SB-910. The most notable design feature is that you can add and remove modifiers to and from its ring assembly with one hand, as well as spin the attached parts to any angle required.
We were proud to be selected as the Best of Show at the PDN PhotoPlus Conference + Expo held in New York in October 2012 by IMPress Magazine an International Press Association publication. read more…