Thursday, May 14, 2009

FourSquare™… and I'm Not Talking About The Game

I had lunch today with a long time friend and product developer Paul Peregrine. Paul is the developer and brains behind those fine photographic bags know as Lightware. After lunch, we headed over to his office and studio to have a look at a new product he has developed for small strobe users like myself. It's know as The FourSquare™.

This is a very clever small strobe mount and softbox combo. The key to the system is the Four Square mount which allows up to 4 speedlights to be mounted into a 30" X 30" softbox. The real big plus to this system is the size of the complete kit. The softbox and FourSquare mount fit into a stuff sack measuring only 18".

I've only had a short time to play with it, I think Paul has a winner here. What's really cool about the system is that you don't need a speedring and then something else to mount your strobes. Everything you need fits into the small bag shown above. I use my usual umbrella adapter to mount the FourSquare™ to a light stand.

You don't have to use the softbox if you don't want to.
How about just straight or perhaps a double soft bounce into and through an umbrella.
I've only had a few minutes to play with the new FourSquare™, but from what I've experienced so far, I like it!

Here are some of the first shots using this system. I shot these photos of Ian using high speed sync. I had 2 SB-800 mounted inside the FourSquare™ fired via CLS. The image below was shot at 1/4000 @ f/3.5

The image below was shot at 1/1600 @ f/3.5

I've got a few assignments in the next couple of weeks. I hope to put the FourSquare™ through it's paces. To learn more about this clever and compact lighting tool, check out their web site. The FourSquare™ is scheduled for release in the next few weeks. It is only available directly through their website Lightware Direct.

I still have a few spaces left for the June 28th Small Strobes, Big Results workshop in Buffalo. We have been granted access to the historic Central Terminal Train Station. If your interested in attending please contact me.


Matt said...

Very cool product. Do your SB's still trigger with CLS or do you need to go radio remote?

Nathan said...

David - You are evil.. This thing looks AWESOME Ok off to buy one now....

Matt said...


Please disregard the previous comment. You answered my question in the post. :)

Unknown said...


Do post your results from your shoots with this device. I was just thinking of the possibilities but you will be putting it practice. ;-)

Unknown said...

This is so awesome! I make a lot of DIY stuff for my flashes including mounting with softboxes. But this product is really neat! It will definitely be in my lighting gadgets lineup in the near future. I love your blogspot and hope that someday I can join or even host one of your workshops here in Sacramento, CA. Thanks David!

Mel Haynes, Jr said...

If anyone is interested in seeing this product, the Colorado Strobist group is holding a meet at Paul's studio on June 6th.