I haven’t been able to get good results using a flash, ever. My photos usually end up too bright, too dark, or just bad with weird reflections. I was inspired at the Shutterfest conference to improve this deficiency, see previous post.
Shutterfest has a ton of hands-on tutorials, light setups, and off-camera flashes. I was working as a vendor at the event, so didn’t get the chance to take any of the great classes, or learn more about the setups; but after seeing such great results I figured it is time to learn more.
I use a Fujifilm X-Pro2, and had no lighting gear, so first up was ordering a flash and some basic gear. Strobist lists a basic kit, but a few items were on back order from his vendor and would take awhile to arrive. So I ordered the following on Amazon, for just $150, which saved over $100 off the Strobist basic kit.
- Yongnuo YN560 IV Speedlite Flash
- Yongnuo YN560-TX Flash Transmitter
- Westcott 43-inch Umbrella
- Neewer 7-ft Light Stand
- Neewer Light Stand Bracket
I’ve read good things about Yongnuo, particularly they make good products for the price you pay. I’ll report more here as I learn, I hope to post a few times over the month as I go, first up was a couple issues getting it going.
I initially attempted to use the Yongnuo RF-603CII triggers however I could not get them to work at all with the X-Pro2, which seems to be a common problem. They work fine as a wireless shutter trigger when plugged into the camera; but I could not get it to work as a hot shoe trigger for a remote flash.
Also, the 560-TX has some problems with consecutive shots, it requires to fidget with a setting in between each shot to trigger the next. I guess that’s what you get for inexpensive gear.
A couple of initial shots testing out the gear.