Shooting with Manfrotto

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

I am a freelance photographer when I am not busy blogging. I give myself so much to do I swear! I want to start doing a bit more about Photography on my blog, as it is a great passion of mine, so I am toying with the idea of doing "Photography Hints & Tips" style posts as well as ones about kit I use to help you all out. This is the first one I will be doing and it features some interesting kit from Manfrotto

I am a Manfrotto Ambassador within  my Photography career which is a title I hold with honour, so you can be sure I know what I am talking about, or so I hope anyway haha

An interesting piece of kit I was given to try out is Manfrotto's Digital Director. I was given it to try out on a few shoots before I did a 4 day stint of guest speaking for Manfrotto at 'The Photography Show' which is the UK's BIGGEST photography expo, eek nerves. Turns out I actually smashed the talks which is always good!

The Digital Director is such a great tool for bloggers! It's great for video and for stills. I was utilising it in stills, but all you youtubers would find this so handy also

It connects to an iPad air, or an iPad mini and your DSLR (Only Canon & Nikon at this time). You are effectively putting a cradle onto the iPad and then plugging your camera into it. You then open up a free app on the iPad named 'Digital Director' and voila! You are live streaming to the iPad! You can see what your camera is looking at on the iPad! You can switch between stills and video, and you can still adjust all of your settings such as white balance, ISO, aperture etc. You can then take pictures or video through the app

This is such  a useful tool! It is effectively an extension of your camera and you can place the iPad in your lap if you are filming but still have the camera the correct distance away from you. Or you can attach the iPad to the tripod your camera is on. The possibilities are endless as to how you can make it work for you

You can then also view what is on the memory card on the Digital Director. A much larger screen for you to check your images on, as well as then save them to the iPad if you so wish

For this mini shoot, I was also using some Manfrotto LYKOS LED lights, which I can also control through the Digital Director if I have a bluetooth dongle attached to the LEDs
I LOVE shooting with LEDs because it is a continuous light and you can see where the light is falling and hitting, but also because they are daylight balanced. I know a lot of you bloggers struggle taking pictures when the daylight isn't available. Grab some LEDs, honestly. I use them all the time in my images

Here are some of the images I ended up taking from this mini shoot. All it is is one background, one LED light and then controlling the camera through the Digital Director

If you have any questions, I will answer them in the comments below! Or feel free to ask me any questions over Twitter. You can find me on there as @fordtography
I love answering techy questions and helping others out with there photography, so feel free to use and abuse my knowledge

Is there anything you wish me to cover in future blog posts about photography?
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