Shinichi Maruyama seminar at BIWA studios

“Is that Shinichi? Is that Shinichi?” If the world of liquid and splash photography has a rock star it would be Shinichi Maruyama.

One photographer, a recent ex pat from England to NYC was talking about his experiences in London trying to break into the world of splash photography. “When I would visit the art directors and ask them if they would consider me for a job, the response over and over again, if its splash its got to be Shinichi. I came tonight to see him in person, to see him work first hand.”

Thursday night BIWA studios generously hosted an educational seminar featuring Shinichi Maruyama’s stop motion stroboscopic photographic technique featuring the new line of Scoro power packs from broncolor. The only pack on the market today with a true flash duration of t 0.1 reading @ 1/8000th of a second. A feature that is critical when shooting stop motion photography.

Shinichis genius is underscored by his humility, “I am still learning and I hope that tonight we can all learn something from each other.” When asked why he was opening his studio and sharing technique Shinichi said, “If you add to drops to the ocean of knowledge everyones boat rises.


Foba Museum Applications – Collection Center of the Swiss National Museums (2 of 3)

Foba takes you through the use of Foba stands, Ceiling Rail,  and Combitube during archiving process of antique costumes.  The collection center of the Swiss National Museum is a huge complex near Zurich with a sophisticated photo studio.

The 300 sq meter studio, designed by Foba, is equipt with 2 motorized studio stands, 1 manual camera stand, and a motorized ceiling rail system and two custom made walls for lighting and background support.

The motorized rail system make simple work of moving large Cumulite strobe banks around from a remote control.  The system allows precise control at the touch of a button.

The Foba system is really a construction system that allows you to create complex structures in the studio with no compromise in quality.

Foba in Use at Villa Bleuler in Zurich (1 of 3)

Foba just made a new video of Foba stands being used by Villa Bleuler in Zurich.

The Villa Bleuler Swiss Institute for the Advanced Study of Art uses heavy duty Foba Stands to hold and position cameras and heavy scientific equipment for the purpose of analyzing and archiving important works of art. The video takes us through the use of Foba for photographic archiving in an automated photography studio that makes use of Foba Ceiling Rail systems and Combitube to position equipment and keep it off the floor.

Then we move to the inspection studios where artwork is inspected using a microscope and UV/IR cameras that are precisely positioned perfectly parallel using a Foba easel and custom Foba stand with horizontal rails.

And finally to the xray room where Foba equipment is used to easily move the heavy equipment around the room and position the xray machine with precision and safety without damaging the art.
The photography studio at Villa Bleuler is also heavily equipt with broncolor lighting gear – the defacto standard for consistent power output and controlled color temperature.

While this video focuses on the use of Foba in an art conservation environment, the examples can easily be used to understand how Foba can be used in industrial manufacturing or measurement environments for the precise positioning of sensitive heavy equipment.
Foba Villa Bleuler Museum Applications This is the first of 3 videos…stay tuned.

Western US Educational Photo Competition – Winners Announced!



We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2009 Western Photo Competition:
1st Place Marisa Howenstine (Arts Center College of Design) Mobil A2r Kit w/ RFS Transmitter
2nd Place Brian Holliday (Seattle Central Community College) broncolor Minicom 40 Monolight
3rd Place
Joseph Escamilla (Art Center College of Design) Foba Superball Tripod Head
Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to everyone who participated. Please click here to see the winning entries. The Central US leg of this photo competition will open on September 1st, and the Northeast leg will open on October 1st. Please click here for competition details. If you represent an educational institution with a photography program, please contact us here for more information on opportunities with the Sinar Bron Imaging Educational Program.

Lou Manna – Food Styling and Photography at Boston University

International Conference on Food Styling and Photography

Boston University Metropolitan College
June 12-15, 2009

New York City food photographer, Lou Manna brought tips and techniques on how to style and shoot food in his “Introduction to Digital Food Photography” seminar at the 2nd Annual International Conference on Food Styling and Photography at Boston University.  Lou started by introducing the workshop attendees to continuous light sources using daylight and broncolor 575-800 HMI.  In the afternoon session he moved to electronic flash units and used the Scoro A4s with Pulso G and Picolite’s, showing how to create emotion in food photography.  The ability to use the same reflectors for both HMI and Flash, is appreciated by Lou, “The beauty of broncolor is that it’s a complete system”.

Lou began shooting for the New York Times in 1975 and established his  5th Ave commercial studio in the early 90’s.  Since then he’s been busy shooting national ad campaigns and major magazines.  During this time he also found time to author his first book – Digital Food Photography.

The 4 day conference was sponsored by BU’s Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy program and plates on display were a visual treat.

“The Picolite is a food photographer’s dream!” says Lou, “The 1/10th stop control from the packs and the ability of the Picolite to shape light into such small areas is special”.

Lou’s sense of style, color and composition are completed by his amazing kit of mirrors.  Lou loves to add texture and depth by bouncing light back into the food and dishes using an assortment of small mirrors that he has collected over the years.

Lou is planning to be back at BU to hold more workshops and also is teaching food photography classes in New York.