Rotolight Set to Announce New Titan LED Light for Photography and Video, Releases Rotolight Illuminator Umbrella-Cum-Softlight

Rotolight produces some of the most impressive, most beautiful and most colour-accurate LED lighting products for use in cinematography and photography, and I have been a Rotolight user since the release of their first product the RL48 way back when. 

If I could afford to have all of Rotolight’s lighting products then I would, without hesitation, though I might also want to add a set of Dedo Weigert’s DedoLights for those times I need narrowly-defined beams of continuous light. 

I have pretty much given up on relying on electronic flash units aka Speedlights and Rotolight’s LED continuous and now HSS flash lighting is, essentially, why.  

Accordingly I am looking forward to seeing what Rotolight has had up its sleeves in the form of the Titan, to be unveiled on the 10th September 2019 . 

Titan by Rotolight, a new era of cinematic lighting, 10th September.

Rotolight recently released the Rotolight Illuminator aka The Illuminator, and it starting two fin its way into the hands of photographers like Luke Woodford of creative duo Luke & Mandy, who is featured in the video below.

Rotolight’s Illuminator appears to be a radical evolution beyond Photek’s not dissimilar SoftLighter II, recommended only for use with electronic flash, whereas the Illuminator can be used with flash as well as all of Rotolight’s LED lights released so far.

The Illuminator by Rotolight

Rotolight has several brand ambassadors aka Masters of Light in the form of photographers Greg Gorman, Mark Mann, Peter Müller and Jean Noir though I would love to see the company add some cinematographers and especially females to that lineup.

Photek SoftLighter II and legendary Tiltall tripod, as used by Annie Leibovitz

I would especially love to see the Rotolight Illuminator and Titan in the hands of the Masters of Light to obtain a better understanding of how they work and their benefits.

Nothing like seeing a product being used well by those who know what they are doing, the reason I bought a Photek SoftLighter II and Tiltall tripod after seeing both being used by Annie Leibovitz.


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The Guardian: Royal Photographic Society seeks ‘hundred heroines’ for special award

“Women such as Julia Margaret Cameron were among the pioneers of photography and the earliest members of the Royal Photographic Society. However, the society is concerned that despite a few superstars such as the American photographer Annie Leibovitz, the importance of the work of contemporary female photographers is being overlooked in a male-dominated profession.

The society is launching an international campaign, Hundred Heroines, to find and honour outstanding contemporary female photographers, and is inviting both members of the public and professionals to put forward names to join the ranks….”


Mastin Labs: Inspired By | Ep. 4 Kirk Mastin / Diane Arbus, Lauren Greenfield and Annie Leibovitz

“… Mastin Labs founder Kirk Mastin shares a few female photographers that inspire him including Diane Arbus, Lauren Greenfield, and Annie Leibovitz.”


I have yet to try out Mastin Labs’ film matching presets that are made by scanning real analog film with a Fuji Frontier scanner, but the results look amazing and more accurate than any by other companies.

I am not a big user of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop these days, but I could certainly be convinced to go back to Photoshop sometime soon if Mr Mastin keeps adding more presets that are as amazing and as accurate as his Kodak Everyday pack as well as others such as Fujicolor Pushed, Portra Pushed, Fujicolor Original, Portra Original and Ilford Original.

If I were back shooting editorial portraits for magazines again then I would most certainly seriously consider, well, all of Mastin Labs’ presets and would also hope that some of my other favourite films would appear there one day soon.