Working With Rogue

Bell peppers

Bell peppers

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the folks at Expo Imaging, makers of the Rogue series of speedlight modifiers, asking me if I’d be interested in receiving a sample pack of their goods to test out. About a week ago a big box arrived containing pretty much all of the Rogue series of modifiers – flashbenders, stripbox, softbox, grids, gels and more. I was naturally eager to put them through their paces but suffering from a summer cold all last week meant I was unable to do as much shooting as I’d have liked. I was however able to set up a quick indoor setup using a couple of vegetables and a black background to test out two of the modifiers. The above image was shot using the Rogue gridspots positioned at a 45° angle as you can see in the following behind the scenes shot.

behind the scenes

Behind the scenes – grid.

The second test was of a stripbox placed directly overhead. As with the first image, I’ve converted it to black and white in order to better show how and where the light was hitting the peppers.

My first impressions of these modifiers are positive. As I mentioned above, I haven’t had a lot of time to fully test them out so this is by no means a comprehensive review, that will come later. I have an idea in mind that I feel will be great for these but I need to find a couple of collaborators and source some props first.

Bell pepper

Peppers with a strip box.

Behind the scenes

Strip box behind the scenes

A big thank you to the lovely people at Expo Imaging for the samples.

Before I sign off for today, a couple of things. One of my favorite Asian photo bloggers is back posting on his newer blog again. Lots of street photos with descriptions of the story behind them can be found at Expat Photographer.

The annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk is taking place on October 5th and I’ll be leading a Taipei leg in Ximending. These are always fun, social photography days so head here and sign up.

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