I’m always on the lookout for ways to get the most bang for the buck since many of my students are on a very tight budget.
I’m always helping them figure out ways to get a photo shot without buying unnecessary equipment.
Whether it is recommending they buy a bulk film loader and loading their own film, using a car’s sun shield as a reflector, or making their own beauty dish, I’m emphasizing this: the more they’re out there shooting, the faster they’ll progress and improve.
Figuring out workarounds is problem solving.
A good part of photography is just that, once you get past the basics of depth-of-field, exposure and basic lighting.
Nikon, Canon and other Speedlights or flash units are fancy and chockful of bells and whistles but they cost a lot.
That’s why I’ve been telling my students about Yongnuo. Continue reading Bargain flash Yongnuo YN-568
High shutter speed sync is the mode that many photographers using Speedlites rave about but in practice its applications even with the latest greatest Canon bodies is limited.
It’s a very pricey feature because you have to buy the top-of-the-line Speedlite. Continue reading Canon 600EX-RT with Canon 40D & Canon 5DMark2
Happy New Year everyone.
I started the new year with a new addition to my lighting toolkit–the next generation radio controlled Canon Speedlite–the 600EX-RT and its companion transmitter ST-E3-RT.
The price tag is pretty hefty, $890, the 600 EX-RT costing $570 and the ST-E3-RT $320.
Compare that to the price of a top-of-the-line Radio Popper radio slaved Speedlite $879 or mid-range radio slave Cybersync radio slaves—$655
Interestingly before Canon’s new Speedlite 600Ex-RT hit the markets, Radio Poppers kits of transmitter and receiver were priced at $250 a piece! Continue reading Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT is worth the price
Self Portrait Tips
When my new Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite and its companion ST-E3-RT transmitter arrived, I couldn’t find locate a model.
I’m not so fond of self-portraits for obvious reasons. Continue reading Two light setup for self-portrait