We're at NAB 2015 in the Dedolight Booth

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As in many years previous, we're in sunny Las Vegas at the NAB Show helping make people aware of new gear from Dedolight. We'd love to meet you if you're in town! Come to booth C9835 and ask for Russ or Allen. And we're in good company, as there's lots of lovely gear also on display by our neighbors: Atomos, Red Rock Micro, Zacuto, and Zeiss. Looking forward to seeing you!

Learning about Dedolight at NAB 2015 Dedolight's booth at NAB 2015

Beautiful, Endlessly Patient Models — Available at Very Reasonable Rates

Yellow orchid flowers

Many photographers dream of the chance to photograph beautiful live models—hundreds of them—each willing to pose without complaint until the shooters are satisfied with their results. It helps if the models are flowers, and in this case orchids.

Every year, the New York Botanical Garden puts on the country’s largest curated orchid show. Even if it’s freezing outside and the Garden’s extensive acreage is covered with snow, the crystal palace Conservatory plays hosts to thousands of visitors, the vast majority of them taking pictures with every level of camera – inexpensive point-and-shoots, iPhones and iPads, and the whole gamut of "big boy" digital cameras. The variety of cameras on display doesn't quite exceed the variety of flowers…

And what flowers they are. A word to the wise: once you arrive at the Conservatory, set aside a few minutes for your camera to acclimatize to the high humidity. Here’s an example of what happens if you rush the process. (Who needs VSCO filters when you've got Mother Nature?)

Humidity caused this hazy effect

And sometimes, interesting images come not from the flowers on the stem, but the ones that have fallen into the reflecting ponds below. These are jade vine flowers — not technically an orchid, but a legume. They look positively otherworldly when they're on the vine!

Jade vine flowers in the reflecting pond

In two recent visits, I didn’t see a single film camera being used, and there’s no question that if we were still in the film era, there would be a much smaller number of photographers there. In fact, the number of linear feet of film produced by Kodak is down 96 percent from 2007, and GoPro has a market cap six times larger than Kodak.

LumiQuest's Pocket Bouncer added some fill light

Lavender orchid flowers

This year's show closes shortly (April 19th), and I urge you to see it.

If you can't make it, remember that the New York Botanical Garden is an extraordinary venue for photographers year-round.

While it may seem remote, set in the middle of the Bronx, it's actually very easy to reach by mass transit or by car. A comfortable 20 minute ride on Metro-North's Harlem line lets you leave the intensity of midtown Manhattan behind for a few hours. And who doesn't need that, once in a while?

The Unsung Heroes Behind the Great Photos

Great photos are made on all kinds of cameras — some the kind anyone can buy, some a little more boutique, and others still heavily modified by people with a gift for technical wizardry. National Geographic, always a great source of images, recently released a wonderful short film acknowledging the contributions of one of their longtime camera technicians. He's a humble, soft-spoken man named Kenji Yamaguchi. Please take just a few minutes of your day to appreciate the part he's played in some of the photographs you've seen in the Geographic over the last three decades.

Dedo Weigert Sweats the Details — So You Can Just Trust Your Equipment

We have always been impressed by Dedo Weigert's attention to detail and craftsmanship — his lights are so perfectly made, they're almost like works of art. We've been pleased to be a distributor for Dedolight, shipping their products all across the United States for many years now. As film equipment and shooting style have changed, Dedo and his team have introduced new lighting solutions to suit the needs of the creative people working hard to craft their own art. This video goes into great detail on just how carefully the Dedolight group have tested and refined their LED products… so that their customers can simply expect consistent, reliable, beautiful light wherever they need it.

If you're wondering how a Dedolight kit could make your life easier, please give us a call or drop us an email, and we'll be happy to give advice.

Dedolight Love from Dozens of Photographers and Cinematographers

Share this video with a friend who doesn't yet understand just why Dedolight products are so special…

Many thanks to Rick Young for sharing this.