What is a better beamer and when would I need one?

What is a better beamer and when would I need one?

We have compiled a list of the TOP50 questions that we hear on our workshops. From gear, to settings, to composition, and shooting styles, we have decided to post three questions and answers a week till we get through them all.

We hope they answer some of the questions that you may have. Here is today’s question.

Question: What is a better beamer and when would I need one?

Today's answer from Kevin Allen Pepper.... The “Better Beamer” is a compact device consisting of two plastic side arms and what is called a flexible fresnel lens that amplifies and better directs your flash of light from your external flash.. When it is all assembled, the “Better Beamer” attaches to the front of your external flash with a Velcro strap.

Since the “Better Beamer” narrows the beam of light emitted from your flash to cover an angle of view approximately equal to that of a 300mm lens, it increases the range of your flash by a little more than two stops. More accurately, some say 2 2/3rd stops.

But increasing output is only one of the advantages of using the “Better Beamer”. The decrease in range and intensity need for a flash burst also shortens the time it takes your flash to refresh between each shot, thereby reducing your battery consumption.

When should you use your “Better Beamer”?

Not only is it great for putting light on dark objects, but it’s ideal for fill flash of objects set against bright backgrounds which are too far away for even lighting of both the subject and the background.

If you would like to order a “Better Beamer”, here is a link to B&H Photo, http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=better-beamer&InitialSearch=yes&N=0

Want come with us to photograph wildlife and learn how to use your "Better Beamer" more effectively?

Check out our Canadian Wildlife workshops here, http://northof49photography.com/photo-workshops/

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Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: www.kevinpepperphotography.com