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First pictures with Christmas Yongnuo Flashes

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by pworden, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. pworden

    pworden TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 26, 2013
    State College, PA
    Patti
    Had fun today with these. Taken with NEX-6, SEL55210, tripod and Yongnuo YN560-III with RF600-TX trigger. I have a lot to learn and a lot to try which is great as a Christmas gift!

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    Couldn't resist changing this one:

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    Several came out blue without changing anything. I think the flash sync could be slower than the camera at times. I had the camera set at 1/160. I watch a couple of YouTube videos on smoke photography. All pointers welcome!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!
     
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  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Stellar!
     
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  3. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Excellent ;)
     
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  4. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    Yongnuo flashes have quite good reputation now. Previously YN-460 suffered from overheating problems (it didn't have overheating protection).

    I am going order one of these YN-560 III in near future. I just ordered two Wansen WS-560 (kind of copy of YN-460).

    I don't think that there is problem with flash duration (especially if you used low power setting). The transmitter and receiver may have some problems. It may be worthwhile to experiment with different transmitter.

    Speedlites have very short flash duration when used in low power. So you can use them to freeze motion photographing in dark and placing flashes near subject.

    Different light modifiers give lots of opportunities, I like especially these:
    http://dx.com/p/p4-lambency-flash-d...n-550ex-580ex-transparent-yellow-white-183468
    http://www.linkdelight.com/131012521W-SUT-O33-83cm-Reflective-Umbrella-Softbox.html

    Neither source is cheapest (but LinkDelight is otherwise ok) and there are several models of Lambency diffusers for different flashes. With umbrellas you need tripod and umbrella holder (and maybe adapters etc.).
     
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  5. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Fun smokey pictures
     
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  6. claude

    claude TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jan 13, 2013
    Ottawa Canada
    Really well done.
     
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  7. pworden

    pworden TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 26, 2013
    State College, PA
    Patti
    Thanks for the links; looks interesting. I'm totally new to studio lighting and am watching YouTube videos to get pointers on techniques. I do have the flash set at half power and will experiment more to see why some of the photos show blue smoke and others do not. At the end of the shoot I changed the WB to "flash" and those were just white so maybe that's the key, but at that point I only took a couple of shots so another day will prove it out. Back to work today and looking forward to the weekend.
     
  8. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    There are lots of ways to modify light from speedlites. The lambency (or other lightspheres) are great for general lightning (that is, you put 1-many units into the room and they illuminate it), bounce cards are great and cheap (there are basically two variations of that, straight allows some of the light bounce from ceiling and curved bounce all of light forward) and different kind of diffusers. Quite many of these can be DIY.