Life on the line: Army SFC Gary Castillo


I am Army SFC Gary Castillo currently assigned to the 180th Trans Bn at Ft Hood, Tx. I am currently the Battalion Photographer and one of the Public Affairs photographers aside from my actual job. With numerous deployments I have always taken, used and ruined camera equipment tying to capture life on the line. One of the first products to always go is the camera strap. Initially I have started out with the manufactures camera strap which seems to last for about two months. I know the average photographer’s equipment is well taken care of and would last forever but after hours of being sweat soaked and the fiber being embedded with sand and debris the strap quickly dry rots. After this happens I would use a standard issue rifle sling with para cord connecting it to the mounting points once again this lasts only momentarily. It seems that the material would have to be able to hold up to the harsh conditions to be a good field sling. What seemed to have worked the best for me in 2010 was to use a one point 511 tactical rifle sling attached to my Manfrotto ball head mounting plate with Para cord. Well this worked until we came under attack in Baghdad and had to enter a high rise to gain ground. At some point during the incident I had to drop the camera and pick up my weapon. It wasn’t till after the fire fight that one of my team members brought me my broken camera. The para cord, mounting plate and sling were still hanging off of my side but the mounting plate unscrewed from the battery grip. I took the loss and bought myself a new camera to finish out the deployment…most photographers do not find themselves in combat zones but there are a few who do and having a functional product like the Sun-Sniper on the front is just as important as having a good looking one out on a shoot. Now that I found the Sun Sniper, I don’t have to worry about the safety of my gear, and I can shoot in all combat conditions.

How did you become a photographer? Describe your career development?
I think that the one thing that got me interested in photography was my first deployment to Iraq. Obviously it being a war zone was something that words alone could never describe no matter how hard I tried so I figured the best thing to do was take pictures of everything. My photography has come a long way from setting it to manual mode and shooting. I attribute a lot of what I learned to simple publications like Outdoor Photographer and numerous hours on YouTube.

More specifically, was there one or more life changing moments that helped you move to the next level and become the photographer that you are now? Perhaps a big break, a perfect mentor, a movie, a mystical moment?
I discovered Night time photography. After returning from deployment number 3 I was promoted to a rank where I was able to afford upgrading my Canon Rebel T2I to a Canon 5DMKII from there my new passion was landscape and night time photography. A mystical moment was standing in Mapel Hill Historic Cemetery in Huntsville, Al taking night shots and realizing how much I loved the outcome.

How do you learn your techniques?
Read, read, and read every forum online and every book I can get my hands on.

Who are your photo heroes? Or who has inspired your career?
Lance Keimig, and Noel Kerns. Noel Kerns is an awesome night photographer from the same neighborhood I grew up in.

What is the worst part about doing what you do?
I wouldn’t say that there is a worst part, more like what frustrates me the most is the fact that there are several places I would love to go and shoot but do not have the means or funds to do so.

What is the best part?
To me the best part is the reaction I get from people when my pictures are processed and they see how I am able to turn something ordinary into something extraordinary.
I really consider myself a student and nowhere near a Pro yet, however that is my goal. Once I retire from Military service in a few years I fully intend on devoting all of my time to my photography.


Gary Castillo Photography

Shoot NYC Recap

A packed house at Michael Grecco's Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait seminar. Photo by Mike Hill.

Hasselblad and broncolor wrapped up another Shoot NYC event at La Venue on October 25 and 26, 2012. Shoot NYC has become a photography staple, a place where people can network, educate themselves on photographic tools, and foster a community with their fellow photographers. Free seminars and workshops ran both days and included a variety of topics ranging from how to create and maintain a photography business, to learning about key lighting modifiers and copyright information. These free seminars were incredible in terms of the quality of information, and our speakers spoke to packed rooms of eager photographers that wanted to enhance their photo businesses.

The broncolor Para family lights up Shoot NYC. Photo by Andre Rowe.

Lara Jade's business seminar focused on online marketing and promotion using social media tools and networking. Photo by Kermit Mercado and Victoria Harrington.

Rick Friedman spoke to a full house, and taught how to light on-location, with the use of Sunbounce reflectors. Photo by Kermit Mercado and Victoria Harrington.

Bryan O'Neil Hughes taught the ins and outs of Adobe Photoshop with on-screen instruction. Photo by Mike Hill.

Sunbounce, Sun-Sniper, broncolor, FOBA, Kobold and Visatec products were on the show floor for anyone to get their hands on and use. Shoot NYC also featured new products including the broncolor Move 1200 L battery pack, the Hasselblad H5D, the Sunbounce Bounce-Wall portable flash accessory, and the Sun-Sniper Pro-II camera strap.

The broncolor Move 1200 L battery pack was featured at Shoot NYC

The new Hasselblad H5D was available to see for the first time since Photokina. Peter Stig, Hasselblad product manager for the H system camera, spoke about the new H5D, including its technical advancements and new product features.

The Hasselblad station at Shoot NYC. Photo by Mike Hill.

A live shooting sets with photographers Franklin Thompson, Thomas Liggett, Gregor Halenda, Jodi Jones and David Perkins (with two dancers and a Ducati) were a main focal point. With an array of broncolor modifiers and Kobold HMIs, they played with light to create some amazing images.

Dancers Aaron and Kristin. Photo by David Perkins.

Photographer Franklin Thompson with dancers Aaron White and Kristin Yancy . Photo by Mike Hill.

Photo by Franklin Thompson.

The Ducati. Photo by Thomas Liggett.

In case you missed it, here are some video compilations of the speakers who talk about their businesses, their seminars and a little about themselves:

Shoot NYC 2012: Lindsay Adler, Kawai Matthews and Lara Jade from Hasselblad Bron Inc. on Vimeo.

Shoot NYC 2012: Rick Friedman, Ryan Enn Hughes, Arash Moallemi, Andre Rowe, Michael Grecco and David Robin from Hasselblad Bron Inc. on Vimeo.

Shoot NYC 2012: Chase Jarvis and Vincent Laforet from Hasselblad Bron Inc. on Vimeo.

The student event ran on late Friday afternoon with photographers/directors Chase Jarvis and Vincent Laforet, and was an informative Q&A session that spoke volumes on starting off as a photographer and following your dreams. “Rejection is another opportunity” and “don’t be incrementally better, be different” were some of the mottos behind the two. The students asked everything from “how to make it big” to “what was your biggest mistake,” and everything in-between.

Shoot NYC 2012: Peter Stig, Bryan O’Neil Hughes, Beth Taubner and John Harrington from Hasselblad Bron Inc. on Vimeo.

Shoot NYC 2012: Carrie McCarthy, Alexandra Niki, Aurelie Jezequel and Viktoria Sorochinski from Hasselblad Bron Inc. on Vimeo.

Shoot NYC 2012: Franklin Thompson, David Perkins and Jodi Jones from Hasselblad Bron Inc. on Vimeo.

We would like to thank our partners: Scheimpflug, Adorama, APA, Capture Integration, Fotocare, Resource Magazine, Digital Photo Pro, B&H, HD Video Pro, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Lucie Foundation, ASMP NY, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Calumet and the Art of Photography Show.

And our speakers and photographers: Ghada Khunji,Viktoria Sorochinski, Rick Friedman, John Harrington, Lindsay Adler, Bryan O’Neil Hughes, Ryan Enn Hughes, Arash Moallemi, Alexandra Niki, Aurelie Jezequel, David Robin, Lara Jade, Peter Stig, Kawai Matthews, Michael Grecco, Chase Jarvis, Vincent Laforet, Andre Rowe, Jodi Jones, Franklin Thompson, David Perkins, Thomas Liggett and Jeff Mosier.

We would also like to thank our invaluable extra hands: Elizabeth Stacy and Ryan Burke,  and our army of interns.

Without all of you, this wouldn’t be possible.

And, let’s not forget, the infamous Flugoween Halloween party on Saturday night. After a long week of Shoot NYC and Photoplus, our team rallied together in our costumes and headed over to the event in Dumbo that was hosted with our good friends from Scheimpflug and Resource Magazine. There was an electric chair photo-op and enough food and beer to make anyone merry. Overall, it was a good time with good friends.

We are already looking forward to next year. Cheers!

Photos courtesy of: Kermit Mercado, Victoria Harrington, Ryan Burke, Andre Rowe, Mike Hill and David Perkins

Shoot NYC is back, October 25 and 26

We are three weeks away from another Shoot NYC event! Oct 25-26, from 10 AM to 8 PM, industry leaders Hasselblad and broncolor will host the event that brought 2,000 people to NYC last year (and four consecutive years) to the historic Terminal building. This year, some of your favorite speakers are back, alongside some new faces.

The event, originally established in NYC four years ago, has spread internationally. Shoot NYC is an exciting and informative forum based on the premise of building a photographic community. In addition to a wide range of free professional photography seminars, industry leaders broncolor and Hasselblad will help you learn how to harness and integrate the market’s most advanced photographic tools into your business, improving both your photography and your bottom line. Top industry professionals will host workshops and hands-on seminars in an array of subjects, whether you’re interested in fashion, portraiture, commercial, stock or repro.

This event is ideal for professional photographers, photo assistants, advanced students, or any imaging professional that would like to learn about the latest products and techniques being used in the digital capture market.

The new Hasselblad H5D camera will be there and ready for hands-on demonstrations.  Shoot will also feature all the new products from Hasselblad, broncolor, FOBA, Sunbounce and Sun-Sniper, including the broncolor Move 1200 L battery pack, the Sunbounce Bounce-Wall, and the FOBA TURNO medium-sized turntable.

And Shoot NYC will be the first stop for the winning prints of the Hasselblad Masters 2012 gallery show!

The Hasselblad Masters represent photography at its finest; at its most inspired, most communicative, most beautiful. They are young, old, western, eastern, classical, experimental, traditional, modern, and futuristic. They have perhaps but one thing in common: they are masters at conveying an instant, an emotion, with images. Masters of the art and craft that is photography.

Event location: LA VENUE (Terminal Building) – 608 WEST 28TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10001












For more information and to register for Shoot NYC, click here.


Seminar Schedule


10:30AM – 12:00PM
Ghada Khunji and Viktoria SorochinskiSponsored by LUCIE

Join New York-based photographers Ghada Khunji and Viktoria Sorochinski in conversation. Both have been recognized by the Lucie Foundation’s sister-effort, International Photography Awards, and will share their projects, discussing their individual approaches to being working photographers.

10:30AM – 12:00PM
Location Lighting Workshop

Join us in viewing some of the iconic and award  winning images Rick Friedman has produced. Hear some of the anecdotal stories from behind the scenes.Rick will show some of his images from his “Location Lighting Workshops™” and demonstrate how the photographs were created, using speedlights, studio strobes and Sunbounce.   Rick Friedman has been a photojournalist for over 30 years.  His work has produced over 75 book and magazine covers and has been in hundred of magazines around the globe.

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
John HarringtonSponsored by APA National
Licensing, Your Copyright & Negotiations

Before you’ve signed the contract with a client, you’ve had to negotiate fees, and the language that grants them the rights to your creative efforts. Ambiguity in your licensing language a problem? You’ll learn how to implement the Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS) within your contracts (and metadata) so that everyone is on the same page about what rights were (and were not) granted. Also, a simple 3-step process for registering your copyrights will be shown.
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
Geek out! 5 Unique Broncolor Tools, 5 Kick-Ass Images

Photographer geeks unite! We all love playing with unique photo tools, and Broncolor has some incredible one-of-a-kind light modifiers that give us specialized and unusual effects. Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler will share some her favorite unusual modifiers, and utilize them to make some high-impact images!

2:00PM – 3:00 PM
Bryan O’Neil Hughes
Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6 for photographers

Bryan O’Neil Hughes, Senior Product Manager, Photoshop, will take you through the most current, time-saving workflow via Lightroom and Photoshop CS6.  In this presentation, Bryan will show how these two products combined will dramatically accelerate your post-production while delivering control never before available.

2:00PM – 3:00 PM
Ryan Enn Hughes & Arash Moallemi
Building a set step by step

Join Ryan Enn Hughes and Arash Moallemi as they discuss their journey in Photography and Motion Pictures, and demonstrate how to build flexible lit photo set from start to finish.Ryan and Arash will then demonstrate various approaches to building a lit photo set, using both flash and HMI lighting. They will explain how lighting can be used to achieve different aesthetic effects, both with male and female subjects, and how one can quickly alter current lighting set-ups to create multiple looks within a tight timeframe.This is a valuable demonstration for anyone interested in using creative lighting to improve his or her next photo shoot.

3:45PM – 5:15 PM
Alexandra Nikki & Aurelie JezequelResource Magazine
Survival guide for the Crew-less Photographer

With more than thirty years of combined industry experience, photography producer Aurelie Jezequel and prop stylist Alexandra Niki share their “Survival guide for the Crew-less Photographer”. Whether you’re the victim of a small budget, or someone calls in sick at the last minute, avoiding panic and knowing how to compensate for those missing in action can make or break a shoot, not to mention, spare your own sanity. As co-founders of Resource Magazine,  Aurelie and Alex have been serving the photography community at-large with sage advice, inspiring encouragement, and practical tips since 2007. Join them for their Hands-On presentation and surprise guests!

3:45PM – 5:15 PM
David RobinSponsored by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
Lighting Dramatic Portraits

Award-winning portrait and beauty photographer David Robin, whose clients have included Levi Strauss & Co., Gap, Sony, Coca-Cola, American Express, BMG, Blue Note, and PolyGram Records, explains and demonstrates his techniques for achieving meaningful portraits, covering the gamut of editorial, beauty, advertising, and journalism. In this workshop, David aims to briefly decode the mysteries of portraiture and review techniques, through live demonstration, to help participants consider their own unique voice and style.
5:30PM – 6:00 PM
Lara Jade –
The Business of Photography

With the rise of digital media recognition in today’s industry, every photographer should consider the ways in which online marketing can work within their marketing strategy and stay ahead of the game. In this seminar, I will be referencing my own personal journey, and giving tips on business success, networking and how to expand your business worldwide.


10:30AM – 12:00PM
Peter Stig and Ove Bengtson
A Hasselblad insight on the H5D

Ove Bengtson, Product Manager for the H camera system, and Peter Stig, Director of Professional Camera Products, will give you an insight in the new H5D camera including:
– what’s behind the new H5D design
– what does the photographer gain from this
– functionality of TrueFocus II and Immediate Focus Confirm
– H camera lens system keeps growing: and for a good reason.
– H5D camera configuration, a great tool when working with rental cameras

10:30AM – 12:00PM
Shooting Musicians 101: Basic Creative Lighting Techniques to Shoot Music Artists

If you’re looking to add a little excitement to your portrait photography, there’s nothing like shooting a music artist to get your creative energy running wild.  Most music artists look for photographers that can come up with “outside of the box” ideas and concepts to help them communicate the vision for their music.  You become partners in creating a look that helps them stand out, so it opens up your lighting playground.  Kawai has photographed music artists like Kanye West, Janelle Monae, Little Dragon, The Shys, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Quest Love, Queen Latifah, Melanie Fiona, Common and many more.

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
Bryan O’Neil Hughes
Photoshop CS6 for photographers

Bryan O’Neil Hughes, Senior Product Manager, Photoshop will take you through a tour of Photoshop CS6’s tools made just for photographers and retouchers.  The enhancements shown will save time, add polish and bring a new level to your photography.

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
Lindsay Adler
1 Modifier, 5 Ways: The Beauty Dish

A beauty dish is an amazing tool for creating a variety of lighting solutions for portrait, beauty and fashion photography. This one modifier can be utilized to create drastically different effects. Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler will show you the beauty dish used 5 ways for 5 great images!
2:00PM – 3:00 PM
How to Distill your Brand, Expand, and Opening New markets

Frequently photographers reach a point in their careers where they are strongly interested in vastly increasing their reach and the markets they would like to work in. Every market has its own needs and expectations, and can require a different approach. For example, regional or British marketing or advertising might be more cerebral, or sentimental. Different segments of the US advertising or editorial market have specific conventions and needs as well. You must know how to tailor your message and materials to new markets while staying true to your brand. “One size fits all” simply does not work.This interactive talk will help you to identify your brand, and to learn how to analyze new markets in order to create successful marketing messages and campaigns that will bring you more attention and work.

2:00PM – 3:00 PM
Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait

The difference between an ordinary photograph and a truly striking portrait lies in the photographer’s ability to pierce the obvious and reveal the intimate nature of the subject. The play of available angles, light and shadow, soft shapes and hard lines are tools to create not just a photo, but a work of art. In this demonstration, you will add these tools to your camera bag. Michael will explain his techniques for creating light and shadow and will demonstrate how he creates his stylistic and dramatic images. He will explain his specialty lighting, and show you the setups he used to create the striking signature looks for this new work. The last few minutes of this seminar will be a Q&A.
3:45PM – 5:15 PM
Photo Career Bootcamp: Guerrilla Marketing & Strategies for the Photographer on a Budget

For those of you with big marketing budgets, this seminar isn’t for you! But if you’re a bootstrapping photographer that wants the secrets to marketing without a budget – keep reading. Grab your notebook and spend a power-hour with Kawai, learning quick, easy and FREE ways to market and grow your creative business. Get excited and get ready to turbo boost your marketing strategies and increase your bottom line.

3:45PM – 5:15 PM
Andre Rowe
Six Must Have Light Shapers and Why

Andre Rowe will share a few examples of the creative uses of many of the available broncolor light shaping modifiers. He will provide a demonstration showing a comparison in the midst of a live shoot for the audience to see. We will explore what makes the PARA 88 a must have tool in your lighting system as well as play with other lightshapers that you may not of given strong attention to. Andre will also address questions and invite audience participation. Andre is fashion and commercial photographer based out of Miami.He travels the country not only for work, but also for the purpose of educational seminars.


Tips from the Pit: photographer Erik Voake

Photographer Erik Voake and his Sun-Sniper Double Press Harness

“My path to photography was a unique one. I did not go to school but always had a passion for it. I actually began my “visual career” at the age of 19 making action sports documentaries, shooting everything on 16mm motion picture film. I did that into my 30s and then decided I wanted to make the shift to Hollywood. I immediately started directing music videos, some of which appeared on MTV and also worked on various television projects.

Photo courtesy of Erik Voake

I eventually created, sold and Executive Produced a reality series for FUSE TV called ‘Crusty’s Dirt Demons,’ it was about finding the next Evel Kneivel. Around that time I also worked as the Director of Photography on a short documentary for acclaimed photographer and director Larry Clark, his photographic work has and continues to be a big inspiration for me. He was also a catalyst in pushing me to pursue photography. That documentary went on to screen at Sundance, Cannes and also the Tate Modern in London.

Photographer Erik Voake

Also around that time I got a job to go and shoot a documentary in Baghdad, I jumped at the chance as I was also exposed to James Nachtwey around that time as well. I decided I would take my trusty Canon AE 1 with me on the trip. While I had to leave the video in Baghdad I was allowed to bring my photos back to the States. While I was there I avoided gore like the plague and decided I would point my camera to the culture and way of life that continued amidst the war. When I got home I showed the images to a friend who is a trustee at the Museum of Modern Art, he said I should take my work to a gallery and to let them know he sent me there.

Photo courtesy of Erik Voake

Well the gallery was not interested in doing anything war related but they loved the photos and asked what else I had. I said I had spent a year documenting the world famous Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip and could showcase those photos. They said they loved it and they would do it, only problem was I didn’t really have the photos. My dear friend Nic Adler owns the place and I knew he would be fine with me doing that so the next day I went and bought a Canon 5D and set out on a mission to document all things related to the Roxy for one year. While doing that I took a photo of this band called the “Chelsea Girls”, I posted the image to Flickr and a week went by and I got a call from SPIN Magazine. They wanted the photo. I said sure, they said they would pay me 750 bucks, I said ok but I want an assignment as well and now I have been shooting for them for the last 4 years. While I had always had the dream of being a war photographer, it didn’t quite end up that way however I think something even more exciting came from it. Of course if you have ever been in a photo pit for Slayer you could probably say you are a war photographer then. Today I shoot a ton of music related content and also celebrities. Ive shot for a number of high profile magazines, SPIN, Billboard and Rolling Stone. Its been quite a ride and Ive loved every minute of it!

Photo courtesy of Erik Voake

I owe quite a bit to my parents for encouraging me to pursue the arts when most parents probably would not, I thank my wife, Jenni, for being my biggest fan and a wonderful mother to my daughter, I thank the photographers who I admire like Larry Clark, James Nachtwey, Herb Ritts and Jim Marshall. And if it wasn’t for that trip to Baghdad I probably would not have realized whats most important in anyone’s life and that is the pursuit of dreams. It may sound corny but that truly is the meaning of life.”

Photo courtesy of Erik Voake


“Tips from the Pit”


Photographer Erik Voake

  1. Stay calm – There is a lot going on during a concert, fans screaming in you ear to get out of the way, security telling you that you cant stand here, publicists watching every move you make, oh and did I mention a giant concert raging in your ear drums! There is a lot to distract you and its over coming those distractions that will make your images even better. You have to focus on the task at hand which is getting that one moment that says everything about that show, everything else is secondary.
  1. Have the right equipment – To be competitive you really do need to have two camera bodies, one with a wide lens and one with a long lens. Being able to access those two cameras quick and easily and not have them sliding off your shoulder is critical. You have maybe 3 songs to get all the shots you need so being organized and ready is key, this is where the Sun Sniper Double Press Harness really comes in handy! This simple piece of equipment will truly make all the difference in getting the images you need. It allows quick and easy access while making sure your gear is safe and secure!
  1. Don’t get caught up in the need to be front and center – When your in the pit you will see a number of photographers rush to the front and center of the stage. I have found that inevitably you only get great photos of the performers nostrils. Don’t be afraid to stand back or to the side. Keep in mind musicians move around the stage, you should too!
  1. BE NICE! – That might sound like an unusual tip but people continually ask me the key to my success and I simply say “Be nice”. You never know who is who in this business to treat everyone equally, you also never know who could introduce you to the one person who could make a difference in your career so it definitely serves you best to just be nice to everyone you meet, it does make life easier. Today I am continually told how easy I am to work with and in today’s economy with everyone doing multiple jobs no one needs or wants to work with a difficult photographer.
  1. Be ready for all types of light – I do believe that at times your images are only as good as the lighting, no one likes the all red lights, it looks great to the audience but it definitely does not make for great photos. When I get photos that are all red I immediately turn them black and white. Learn Lightroom, Aperture or Photoshop, one of those applications needs to be your best friend!


 Erik Voake Photography

Photokina 2012 Recap

Photokina 2012 in Cologne, Germany, finished last Sunday. The world’s leading imaging fair hosted the biggest names in the photo industry, and Hasselblad, broncolor, Sunbounce, Sun-Sniper, Kobold, Visatec and FOBA were on hand to announce their innovative new products. 185,000 visitors from around the globe came to Photokina this year, marking it as one of the biggest years in history.

Big buzz came from the Hasselblad corner. Hasselblad announced the Lunar, an exclusive, luxury mirrorless camera.  Available in carbon fiber, natural wood and Italian leather, the Lunar can also be custom ordered in an array of colors and materials.  It packs the highest technology APS-C 24.3 MP sensor with 25AF points focusing matched to an Ultra fast Processor with real time image processing and accurate RAW to JPEG translation. The new camera brought thousands of visitors to the stand, and many got to put their hands on the first Lunar prototype.

The Hasselblad Lunar Prototype

The Hasselblad stand at Photokina

The "Catwalk"

The Hasseblad H5D also made its first public appearance since its announcement on September 9, 2012. The H5D is regarded as the “next generation” of H series cameras. The H5D Series will be available as models with 40, 50 and 60 megapixels as well as 50 and 200 megapixel Multi-Shot versions and will start shipping in December 2012.

Testing out the H5D with Hasselblad Product Manager, Ove Bengtson

Broncolor showcased the new Move 1200 L lithium battery power pack with a new, stylish black exterior and protection bumpers guarding the outside edges. With 9 stops of ECTC color-balanced, asymmetrical power adjustment across the two lamp outlets and flash duration t 0.1 1/8500 s t 0.5 1/20,000 s, the Move is a 1200 ws portable location pack with the heart of a Scoro. The Move is available as a one or two head kit and comes standard with an Outdoor Trolley Backpack and weatherproof Power Pack Soft case.

The New broncolor Move 1200 L

The broncolor, Kobold and Visatec booth at Photokina


Checking out the Move 1200 L

The Para 170 and 220 receives an upgrade, expanding on the open system philosophy of the broncolor line. The Para  177 and 222  now use the focusing system developed for the Para 88. The new focusing system allows for the integration of not only broncolor and kobold strobes and HMIs but also heads from Profoto and K5600 with the quick-release bayonet mounting system.  The new Paras come standard with a pin mounting system for diffusers and grids, and also feature a new titanium ribbing and full metal backing plate.

The Para 177 reflector

Para 222 reflector and Ringflash


Sunbounce introduced the new Bounce-Wall, and photographers were able to come into the booth and shoot with it and our model.

Testing out the Sunbounce Bounce-Wall

Bounce-Wall shooting with model

Sun-Sniper featured the Pro-II, with a new, stylish Zig-Zag Shock Absorber:

Foba featured an array of  new products including the TURNO and TURNI, two new turntables in medium and small, respectively, and the FOBA DIMIC shooting table, the smallest shooting table of the family.

New FOBA products: QR plates and ball heads

Testing out the FOBA TURNA

To learn about all the new products released at Photokina, please visit here.