Ning Wong Uses the RFi Speedlight Speedring to Bring the Sun with Him on An Engagement Shoot

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“Using flash is like having a sun in your pocket,” says wedding photographer Ning Wong, who recently tried the RFi Speedlight Speedring and an RFi Softbox for the very first time. This is the outcome of his test drive.

Considering it’s what weddings are all about, you might expect to get this kind of answer more often. Still, when we asked Ning Wong why he is a wedding photographer, we couldn’t help but being a bit surprised by his heartfelt reply.

“I absolutely adore the concept of being in love,” he says. “My wife and I are high school sweethearts and I feel so blessed and lucky to have her by my side. We have such a strong and loving relationship – every time I shoot a wedding, I feel like I’m reliving these moments with her. It makes me happy.”

“I also realize that my photos and videos will be one of the few things that my couples will cherish for the rest of their lives. They’ll be able to show their children and grandchildren one of their most special and happiest days of their lives. I’m lucky to be able to capture this bit of their history for them to remember forever.”

 

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Ning furthermore states that these historic moments are best captured when he is in full control of the light and can shape it as he sees fit. That is why he brings flashes to his weddings. Scott Robert Lim, one of Ning’s mentors once told him, “Using flash is like having a sun in your pocket.”

“I’ve never forgotten this statement,” says Ning. “Flash allows me to create my own light and shadow. I also believe using flash is an important way to differentiate yourself from all the other wedding photographers out there.”

The video and the images in this article were shot during Ning’s first real shoot with the Profoto RFi Speedlight Speedring. His setup includes

Canon 600EX-RT speedlights and a Softbox RFi 3’ Octa all attached to the RFi Speedlight Speedring. That was the only artificial light source used during this shoot, which was placed in different positions for various shots.

“I really enjoyed using the RFi Speedlight Speedring. To my surprise, it took me only a few minutes to set up the octabox on it. I liked how the holes and rods are all color-coded so it’s easy to assemble. Once you get your softbox on it, putting your flashes on it is pretty basic too. Just make sure you angle your flash heads out so you can maximize the light coverage inside the softbox.”

“I also loved how the RFi Speedlight Speedring held two speedlights, giving me a faster recycle time and brighter light output.  And, as you can see in the video, we were able to move the setup around very quickly. Once the octabox was on the RFi Speedlight Speedright, it was solid as a rock. I didn’t have to worry about it coming off, but Profoto always makes the best gear so I knew that wasn’t going to be a problem.”

 

See more of Ning’s work at his website.

Click here to learn more about the RFi Speedlight Speedring.

 

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Comments (37)

  • Derek

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    Wow that’s so crazy! Time to check one out for myself!

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  • JD Renes

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    Awesome product & great imagery! I can’t wait to see what’s next!

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  • Igor

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    Good tutorial. And nice photos. I will just recommend usage of CTO filters in dusk scenery.

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  • Stewart Uy

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    Sweet read! Ning Wong is awesome! I gotta try this setup out!

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  • Will Chiang Photography

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    Very cool video Profoto/Ning. I been using the Westcott Rapid box ’26 for some time now but been looking for something bigger with a greater spread of light for different situations. I’ll have to pick one up at WPPI. I’ve been told that you guys make some solid boxes as well so I might have to make that switch! haha

    I hope to see more videos like this as it’s great for us photographers to see what others are using out there for their images. Great images Ning!

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  • Mike Scigliano

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    Ning is a top not photographer. I’ve booked his services many times over. Great to see his talent featured on profoto.

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  • David

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    Beautiful imagery the brides and grooms have a wonderful capture of their day. Something proud to display very nice work Ning I will have to try out the pro photo system great job

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  • Smashing

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    Why does the ProFoto site show this item under their discontinued products?

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  • Erixk

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    Great imagen, thanks for posing. Cold you also tell us what stands you were using?

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    • Ning Wong

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      Thanks Erixk! That was either a Manfrotto or Calumet stand (the only two I have in my stand collection).

      Whatever stand you use, make sure it’s heavy duty, is rated to carry the correct amount of weight, and have sand bags!

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  • Taky at LA Color

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    Those shots look amazing. Good job capturing the sunset scene while properly lit the couple.

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  • Rengie

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    Awesome! Thanks for this great info Ning! Will definitely look into this setup!

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  • CharlieO

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    love the lighting set-up. the photos are too flashy to my taste though.

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  • Smashing

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    Thank you for the detailed information :-)

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  • Natasha

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    Great shots Ning!

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  • Kevin Holding

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    Great tutorial and information. Fantastic shots too!

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  • James Tang

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    Great article. I’m a big fan of speed lights because of weight and portability. This will definitely be on my buying list in a near future.

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  • Pye

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    Great shots Ning, awesome job!

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  • ARTOFALANSILVA

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    Amazing photos, Ning. I want to keep the sun in my pocket from now on. First, I just need to get fire insurance for my pants.

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  • Tina

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    Wow this is awesome. Look at the colors and beautiful job, Ning!!

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  • michelle ford

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    not gonna lie.. this makes me want one too!

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  • Jon

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    Awesome product.

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  • Nickie

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    Such amazing photos! I love the richness of all the colors captured, while highlighting the couple so beautifully. Round of applause.

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  • Steph Burns

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    Great work, Ning! I’m SOLD!

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  • Andrew Lee

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    That’s really impressive.. no bulky setup… and the light output with two flashes really fills things in.

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  • Tauran

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    the photos look great! You’re looking amazing as well

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  • Zabrina

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    Great use of flash, it’s a beautiful sunset!!

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  • JERILEE

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    Ning is incredibly talented, hard working and such a joy to work with!

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  • Joe Barnet

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    Great images Ning! And a very informative tutorial. I know that location can be very challenging with wind, uneven terrain, etc. Looks like the Profoto rig worked great. Thanks for sharing… Keep them coming!

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  • Stephanie Overstreet

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    This makes me want to try my hand at OCF!! Beautiful images, Ning!

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  • Kristen Burtch

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    I have personally worked with Ning and this light set up and it is so quick and easy to use! Great video Ning! Thanks again for being an awesome teacher and mentor!

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  • Cody A

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    Great video. What were those 600’s fired with? I thought I saw the profoto remote but that wouldn’t work would it?

    Using pocket Wizards?

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