LightSource Podcast Video Series

E040 PhotoFlex Octodome

In this pilot video edition of LightSource, Bill and Ed try their hat at video podcasting while demonstrating the Photoflex Octodome3 and single light setups with a large light source.


Bill Crawford, publisher of (Flickr)
Ed Hidden, exclusive photographer (Flickr)

Theme Music:

Sean Campbell and Steve Hill (

Highlighted Product:

Photoflex Medium Octodome3


Photoflex OctoDome

LightSource Episode 40 (Video Article) [12:50 minutes]


In this episode:

Bill and Ed discuss:

  • Setting up a large softbox
  • How diffusion works
  • Using grids to control light
  • Lighting with a large light modifier
  • Single light setup with the Octadome3

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9 thoughts on “E040 PhotoFlex Octodome

  1. revod

    Hey guys! This was such a great episode. I’m a long time listener and just wanna say thank you for all the good work. I would really like to encourage you to do more video episodes. It’s just a whole new dimension! Keep it going! Greets from Switzerland.

  2. Brad

    First off, good, comprehensive explanation of the setup and use of a softbox.

    Video takes this to much higher stakes — there are a lot more variables that need to be controlled. Framing and editing come to mind. Also, it takes more resources and more focussed attention to play and watch video than it does to listen to audio.

    I guess what I’m saying is this: you have a successful, excellent podcast, so consider carefully if you’re prepared to put in the increased time and effort to build a vidcast up to the same level, and whether your listeners are fully prepared to make the jump with you.

    I for one would be quite content with audio with the odd click over to Flickr (or whatever) to see what you’re talking about. Realistically the essence of this vidcast could have been achieved with about 8-10 stills plus the portfolio pics.

  3. martin

    hey you,
    here comes a feedback from austria.
    i really love your podcasts – listen to them on my way to and from work.

    the video has quite some volume in download and the format (quicktime) required an additional step of installing software. if you consider sticking to the videofiles i would suggest to publish it in different file-formats.

    contentwise – i think spending 2/3 of showing how to set up the system is quite a lot (timelapsing was a good idea though!! made me laugh)

    imho – please stick to the podcast. listening to it is much easier to acomplish – carrying around a pc could be difficult in some places. ;)

    if you use video format – i would suggest for some REALLY special accasions! e.g. documenting a shooting with xy.

    other than that – keep the good work up!

  4. Shawn

    Great jaunt into video. One recommendation: get some wireless mics. The video will sound much better and less echoey. Love the show. Keep up the great work.

  5. Brent

    Hey guys. Love the podcast. The video was a great idea, but if you’re going to get into showing stuff visually, you may want to show us how to USE it, not put it together. Everyone can read directions to assemble it, but putting it to use is a different story. I’d love to see you actually get a model (no, not Ed), show how to setup the lights and show the working of a shoot. Even with all of the stuff on the Net, I have yet to see an actual shoot unfold on video.

    Just my two cents.

  6. Antoine Thisdale

    Hey guys,

    Big Hello from Quebec, Canada :)

    Boy what a change! I’ve been an avid listener since the begining and i must say the video format is quite cool!

    I partially agree with Martin (read above) that the Photoflex segment was a bit long, but at the same time, i must say it is very well though off and i would’ve really appreciate that video when i first started Photography. So here’s to the newcomers to this world; should be of great help!

    As for the length, i think adding more content (and another 10 mins) would balance things out easily. Although you guys did a great job in including “auditive” cues to listeners rather then watchers; making it possible to assemble the SoftBox from an Ipod ;)

    Overall, it was really nice to see you guys rather then just listening ehehe.

    Oh! one comment regarding the images at the end of the video. It would’ve been nice to see you guys in-real-time doing the shoot and “paste’ your final images over the video. I love studio setup examples, its always cool :)

    Anyways, here’s to the new format, hoping its here to stay!

    Great work guys!


    Antoine Thisdale
    Montrea, Quebec, Canada

  7. Joseph

    I agree with Brad.

    I’ve been listening since show one and think that its a amazing audio podcast. I love being able to listen to the show on the go and take notes as you interview photographers. it was cool to watch you guys in a video format but my vote is to stick with the audio and do a video-cast once in a while.
    Again, i love the podcast, keep up the great work.


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