Shooting with SMDV A-80

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“I am a natural light photographer”. This is what I said to myself and avoided using any external lights. But to be honest with you, on the top of my mind (not even a layer down) I knew how lights could add a totally new dimension to the pictures. I’ve secretly admired the ones I used to follow online. It was the fear of learning how to use and handle lights that kept me procrastinating. You know the kind of lethargic mindset you get to put in time and effort to learn something new amidst your busy days? Yup, that was my problem exactly.

Even after I raised the bar and tried my hands with lights, the issue has always been the difficulty in handling it. To set it up and fold it up was an uphill task. Then there was the harsh light factor. I then hopped onto different softboxes available to control the intensity. Even the ones I tried to tame gave me varied results, and it wasn’t helping much.

As it always happens that the universe replies to your sincere efforts in its own ways, I bumped onto this Korean made SMDV A-80 in an expo. Looked cool. You can say I loved it at the first sight. And that was that. My photography with lights has improved so much ever since then.  To start with, you can watch this video to see how you can collapse and open it up so easily.

Now here are the merits that I find when using it:

  •  Very lightweight, easy to carry around places
  • As said, easy to open and collapse
  • Inner and outer lining to control the softness of the light
  • Comfortable carry bag that comes along, gladly
  • Robustly built and the fabric is so good

All these makeup for the brilliance of this product that I use both in the outdoors and in the weddings indoors too. You can take a look at some of my recent shots taken using the SMDV A-80. Most of them were taken by just me without any assistance but my interest to make nice pictures. Let me know what you think.

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