If you haven’t used speedlights much, it can be daunting to know where to start, which ones to pick and when you would find them most effective. But they can enhance your shots significantly if you use them.
In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to know about speedlights, practical applications for when they can add magic to your shots, recommendations on which ones to use and accessories that will make them even easier to use.
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Listener Question from Daniella Moné
Hi Gina. I am wondering how you would take on the challenge of this image. Would you do small groups or get a big space to shoot it all at once. This young lady contacted me she wants this type of shoot for her birthday. So far many photographers have said no to her. I have a small at home studio where my maximum would be 3 people at a time. Looking forward to your reply. Thank you.
Your guide to buying and using speedlights and accessories
What is a speedlight?
A speedlight is a type of flash that can connect directly to a camera via hot shoe or a cable. It communicates directly with the camera and can calculate the correct amount of fill light needed in any situation.
The term speedlight is actually the Nikon brand name for on-camera portable flashes, but it has become a generic name, much like Chapstick, Frisbee, and Jeep. Canon calls its on-camera flashes “Speedlites.” When I use the term speedlight, I’m referring to any brand of on-camera flash system that is hot shoe-mounted.
Why do you need one?
There are times when shooting ISO 4000 doesn’t cut it!
- Not as slick
- Catch lights
- Colour casts
- Group shots
- Pro level PR shoots
- Better quality of light
- Off camera speedlights can be game changers
What’s the best way to use speedlight on camera?
- Overpower the sun
- Add DOOK of light
- Add bling to hair
- Add light to the background
How much should you spend on a speedlight?
Ask yourself: what are you shooting?
If you shoot weddings, events, or sport, pay a bit extra for bells and whistles like:
- High-speed sync
- Battery indicator
- Water seals
- Build quality
Use something like a Yuongnuo trigger YN RF602 over a pocket wizard with speedlights
Battery packs vs AA vs rechargeable
Good batteries change EVERYTHING
Get rechargeable eniloop