Poets & Writers cover with Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy ©Tony Gale

Arundhati Roy ©Tony Gale

I had the privilege to photography author Arundhati Roy for the cover of the July/August issue Poets & Writers magazine. She was a charming woman and an absolute pleasure to photograph.

Set up for cover shoot

Set up for cover shoot

My setup was a Lastolite by Manfrotto black collapsible background, with a Bowens XMS head with a red gel for the background. Adding a colored light to black gets a really nice saturation. The main light was a Bowens XMS with a 5′ Octabank. I also had a Bowens Gemini head bouncing into the ceiling for a little fill. Shooting tethered with a Sony a7RII and a Sony 85/1.8 lens into Capture One Pro for Sony. External monitor is a BenQ to make it easy for the editor and art director to see what I was getting.


BenQ SW320 Monitor review

The good folks at BenQ were kind enough to send me the new SW320 4K 32″ monitor, after using it for a bit here are my thoughts on it.

I was concerned that a 32″ monitor might be too big, but the size is great! It allows me to use one monitor instead of my old two monitor setup.

The monitor ships with it’s own color profiling software and I use the i1 Pro to calibrate. The color is outstanding with 99% of Adobe RGB, it is also easy to switch to sRGB or even black and white if you prefer with the handy four button puck.

For me, the primary requirement for a monitor is edge to edge consistent color and sharpness, the SW320 absolutely has that. It is truly a pleasure to use and having a 4k display that can also show HDR is liked the whipped cream on the sundae, extra fanstastic!


The Specs for the SW320

Panel Size 31.5″ / 80.01 cm
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution 3840 x 2160
Display Area 27.48 x 15.46″ / 697.92 x 392.58 mm
Pixel Pitch 0.233 mm
Brightness 350 cd/m²
Contrast Ratio Native (typical): 1,000:1
Panel Type IPS
Viewing Angles (H/V) 178°/178° (CR>=10)
Vertical Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time (GtG) 5 ms
Display Colors 1.07 billion
Color Gamut 100% Rec. 709/ sRGB, 99% AdobeRGB, DCI-P3
Color Tables 10-bit
Audio/Video Input/Output Horizontal Frequency
30-140 KHz
Vertical Frequency
48-76 Hz
Video Bandwidth
600 MHz
USB 2 x USB 3.0 downstream
1 x USB 3.0 upstream)
1 x USB 2.0 (only for Hotkey Puck)
I/O 1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
1 x Mini DisplayPort 1.4
Power Power Supply (90~264 VAC)
Power Saving Mode
<0.7 W
Power Consumption (Off Mode)
<0.5 W
Power Consumption (Base on ENERGY STAR)
50 W
Voltage Rating
96-240 V
Color Temperature 5000K / 6500K / 9300K / User Defined
OSD Languages 17 languages
Swivel (Angle) 90°
Pivot 90°
Tilt -5 to 20°
Height Adjustment 5.9″ / 150 mm
Dimensions With Wall Mount
17.64 x 29.42 x 2.84″ / 448.10 x 747.2 x 72.12 mm
With Shading Hood
26.13 x 29.9 x 13.41″ / 663.65 x 759.4 x 340.53 mm
Without Shading Hood
29.42 x 19.77-25.68 x 9.18″ / 747.2 x 502.25-652.25 x 233.61 mm
Without Base, With Shading Hood
17.64 x 29.9 x 10.15″ / 448.15 x 759.4 x 257.89 mm
Weight Without Stand
22.7 lb / 10.3 kg
With Stand with Shading Hood
32 lb / 14.5 kg