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    © Matt Porteous

    Engage with local people

    A journey through Oman

    by Matt Porteous

    On a personal journey through Oman, photographer Matt Porteous asked local people to assist his lighting setups.

    During our trip through Oman, we headed home from Kumzar in a small rowing boat. That evening, when the sun was still high, the huge cliffs created an early sunset-effect with an incredible golden hue.

    © Matt Porteous

    I used my Elinchrom gear to balance the light disappearing behind the ridge, and captured these beautiful portraits of our new friend Mohammed.

    Whilst shooting portraits in the village of Kumzar, my Elinchrom lighting allowed us to capture some of the reasons we headed to Oman to shoot; their sustainable fishing, practiced at dusk for thousands of years, was demonstrated by our friend in the evening and illuminated by the Elinchrom ELB 400 and Rotalux Octabox 135.

    © Matt Porteous

    "Use lighting to bring attention to things that can’t always take centre stage."

    I love how the lighting gets everyone involved on location; my fiancée Mandy helped out, and I like to engage with local people by asking them to assist with lighting, with their curiosity turning into them playing a role in the project.

    These two pieces of Elinchrom equipment are my favourite; for me, it is crucial to use lighting to highlight every detail and bring attention to things that don’t - and can’t - always take centre stage.

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    • Rotalux® Softbox Octa 135 cm

      Rotalux® Softbox Octa 135 cmN° 26184

      Very popular among beauty and fashion photographers, as they prefer the round catchlight given by this softbox.

      You can make yourself a great folding beauty dish just by removing the front and inner diffusers and adding one of the optional deflectors. 

    • EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus

      EL-Skyport Transmitter PlusN° 19368

      The EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus is compatible with most cameras offering a hotshoe connection.

      This device can control flash power from the Transmitter for EL-Skyport enabled flash units and offers a swivel function for optimized reception and powered with optional 2x AA batteries. 

      Includes: one 2.5 mm to PC sync cord and one wrist strap.

    • Q-Reflector Adapter MK-II

      Q-Reflector Adapter MK-IIN° 26342

      Enables photographers to use any accessory of the Elinchrom range such as Rotalux and Litemotiv softoxes or any other EL accessory on the Quadra flash heads.

      Beware when using heavier third-party accessories, as these might put stress on the Q-Reflector Adapter MK-II.