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Round 2 with Translite 2.0 and artist Holly O

Ridout Photography visited Paris Ontario recently to photograph an engagement shoot (awesome pics to follow) and to hook up with Willow Paper Works to give the Translite 2.0 another test. This time we attached a Aurora softbox to the head of the portable strobe which gave us a softer look to the images. The images of Holly O below are good examples of what can be achieved with the Translite 2.0 now available for purchase from Willow Paper Works HERE. We also used the Flashwave III transmiter which worked flawlessly.

Holy O who operates her art studio from Paris Ontario was kind enough to be our model for a short experiment. Visit Holly’s website and check out her very fun and colourful paintings


Although Chris seems somewhat confused he was an excellent assistant with great patience. Chantal can vouch for how much patience my assistant’s must have 🙂

The Aurora softbox below attaches with an adapter ring that is available from Willow. The cat hair that covers the entire softbox is not an available option.
This image below of Holly( inspired by the great Martha Stewart) was photographed with the strobe camera left behind the potted geraniums. Chris is hidden by the pillar and ivy.
Below are a few examples Of Holly’s work.
In the image below Chris is holding the strobe and softbox camera left (Holly’s right). The full sun is behind Holly crossing over her right shoulder. We added a pinch of fill using the Translite 2.0

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Sarah - Aurora softbox below attaches with an adapter ring

I just bought the translite in a kit with the Aurora Beauty box and can’t find what this part is or where to buy it anywhere, what is it called?

thanks so much, can’t wait to use my translite.

ChiChi - Mark,

The softbox we used was an Aurora 18×24 This is the older version. current version available is Square Softbox – LBDR66S 24″ x 24″ (Silver)

Mark Ridout - I believe the softbox is 26″…The pocket Wizard System I have never used as I quite often use the Radio Poppers with my canon 580’s at high speed sync. The Translite 2.0 is another lighting choice from the many out there. For some it will be an excellent tool….and for others they may not need it if they are already equipped with tools such as yours. So much out there….and not enough money 🙂

Jason - Hi Mark. I am curious as to what size the softbox pictured is? I am also wondering if you have played with the new pocket wizard system? I love mine! It is even possible to shoot at 1250th at full power with an alienbee. They work beautifully with the nikon speedlights in high speed sync as well. As always, a pleasure viewing your work!

M for Madness - Very clean images. I like the mounts on this unit, they look very sturdy and practical. Firstly the handle to the monopod, the remote trigger mount and lastly the ring attachment to accommodate the softbox.

It certainly looks simple and well thought out. The weight factor of course is of great benefit especially while holding the whole ensemble on a monopod above your head. Sorry, I mean your poor assistant’s head. (Does it come with a hard hat and florescent vest?)


Holly. O. - Brilliant photos Mark! I really look like a colourful character now! grazie mille!!

ChiChi - Hey Buckethead,

Too Funny.. Duh!!, Always a pleasure to assist and test gear with you.. Great shots of our friend “Holly O” and thanks for the continued support


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