GARIZ a6000 leather half case (XS-CHA6000BR)

I wanted something to provide a slightly taller grip on my new Sony a6000 & decided to give the GARIZ leather half case a try – they looked really nice from the photos, with the shiny metal base plate. This is an expensive case with a list price of ₩98,000 (£56/$89) so I ordered from a UK stockist that I could return it to if I didn’t like it, rather than ordering it from Korea.

To cut to the chase, I will be returning the case. While it is nice, it isn’t nice enough to warrant the price tag & in certain places the design is just plain awkward.


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Strobes & Selfies

I decided it was time for a new headshot, as my last one was over 4 years old.

Last time I only had an old flashgun to play with, which I ended up bouncing off the ceiling with a reflector held in front of my chest to take out some of the shadows beneath nose/brow/etc.

This time I had a set of studio strobes to play with, which were a present from a friend when she moved back to Canada. I experimented with a few different setups but ended up using a single strobe with a softbox on the left, reflector on the right, white/grey background behind me.


Ideally I maybe would’ve tried to introduce a second light as a hair light & maybe the third to give the background more of a gradient, but the space was too small & I could only run the strobes down to 1/8th power so it was soon just too much light.

Anyway, I don’t think it came out too badly for my first time trying to use studio strobes. Especially considering I was using a self timer so couldn’t actually compose anything properly!