Favorite Feature Flashes


Lighting 101


Lesson Info

Favorite Feature Flashes

Our three well, this is really my three favorite full feature flashes, and really, I only have kind of two favorites I through the night down in there just for I don't know giggles is, and I want you all to know right now that my butt is exceedingly in pain, I've been sitting on this crazy, uncomfortable stool for, like, eight hours recording this. Hopefully you appreciate this workshop if you d'oh write to me and say pie, it was well worth your butt. So my three favorite full feature flashes starting out number one and the whole reason why number one, the foe takes metro's plus this guy right here, it's, former bucks and the reason that this is my favorite full feature flash is because you can get it for both cannon and nikon systems as other systems become more popular, I'm sure they're gonna develop and create a functionality for those as well, so you can get it for other systems too. But it's it's, inexpensive, I mean, compared to the other options, this option is five hundred buck...

s. This option is close to five fifty and it doesn't have as many features, so is less expensive, but also it includes a built in radio, so not only can you know most flashes like let's say the cannon arm sorry let's say the nikon s p nine ten it can control off camera flashes so long as they're within sight basically so long as it has infrared keep building has that in fred visibility with radio triggering though like say via a pocket wizard you can go out of sight you can go one hundred feet away two hundred feet away where's with infrared you're limited to say inside of a studio ten fifteen feet and you have to have line of sight now flashes like the metro's plus have a radio built in and the other great thing is that this has a radio controller built in a cz well so from the back of the flash I can control upto three other off camera flashes in addition to all of the other full features that this has I have fantastic flexibility between icon and ken systems have a cheaper price and it works very very nicely and that makes this my favorite full featured just flash in general especially talk about third party flashes now let's move to my second favorite which I would say to be honest and let's take this magma off people are going to think that the magma actually comes with the six hundred tea and it doesn't it doesn't it's a separate modifier guys this is what it looks like without it so the six hundred yaks, artie, I love this flash, and to be honest, if money weren't really a factor, I would probably say that this is well if money weren't a factor, and if you're shooting on cannon, I'd say that this is my favorite flash system because it has the same built in radio trigger, but, well, it's not the same radio trigger, but it has its own radio triggering system has its own control system, and everything on the is just a little bit more refined the entire flash of this a little more refined, but with that comes an additional one hundred dollars price tag. Now you might be saying, well, one hundred dollars, if I'm buying one flash isn't that big of a deal, but when we get in the lighting to one in lighting three oh one, when we start using two, three, four off camera flashes, well, buying for five hundred bucks ends up being four hundred dollars more than buying for at four hundred bucks, and also you need to be on a cannon system to be able to get this to work with all of its functionality and all of its features. So while this is kind of my favorite overall it's really more favorite just with no budget in consideration and kind of just thinking that we're on lee shooting on cannon if you're looking for third party, if you're looking for compatibility and you're looking for a performance in price, the meters plus is a solid option now I thrown in here the nikon s p nine ten if we were talking about this subject two years ago before the six hundred yaks aren't he came out, I would have put the nikon sb nine ten far ahead of anything that cannon had. Nikon has been really at the forefront of developing advanced flash systems for a long time, and as a canon user I've always been jealous of that nikon flashes is gonna make the cannon systems look more like expensive toys than anything else. The problem is that this hasn't been update for quite a while and with the six hundred e x artie that's come out, we now have built in radio triggering and radio control the s p nine ten has not been updated in a long time. It doesn't have those features that on lee has infrared capability, so yes, I can control ocular flashes with infrared, but there is no radio triggering system while the other features are fantastic given that it doesn't have this ability, it kind of has too high of a price tag it's a fantastic full feature flash don't get me wrong, it works incredibly well and it's more advanced than, say, cannons five eighty yaks too but it's five hundred thirty bucks and thirty, six hundred e x artie is five hundred bucks and the photo x metro's plus, which again will work on both systems, you can get different flashes. Their compound with each is only four hundred bucks, and it has a radio trigger in radio system built in so that's. Why? While I put this on this list, I kinda hesitate in recommending it. It's still a fantastic flash, but if you are shooting nikon, I would highly recommend, at least for right now either go with the metro's plus system or just wait until my khan updates usp nine ten, but don't go overloading on sb nine tens because it's been a while since they've been updated. We're waiting for nikon to put out their own radio triggering system, and I have full confidence that when they do it's going to be probably the best thing that marty was an icon. Cameras flashes are absolutely fantastic, have nothing bad to say about them, so I can't wait for that right now. Stick to these do let's head on the next video.

Class Description

Lighting 101 follows in Photography 101's footsteps. Photography 101 takes students up through Manual Mode mastery and provides a foundation in natural light techniques and modifications. Lighting 101 picks up by teaching all about flash and light modification. But, just like Photography 101, we want Lighting 101 to be the most accessible lighting course available. So we teach you everything about flash lighting, light modification, ambient to flash balance, lighting patterns, off-camera lighting and even multi-point off-camera light setups. But, what makes Lighting 101 truly special is that we do all of this with nothing but your on-camera hot shoe flash. Every image shown and created in this course was created with a DSLR and just a single on-camera hot shoe speed light. 


1Chapter 1 Introduction 2Why Just One On-Camera Flash 35 Reasons to Use Flash 4Common Flash Myths 5What Makes Flash Challenging? 6Chapter 2 Introduction 7Flash-Strobe vs. Ambient-Constant Light 8Flash vs. Ambient Light Exposure 9Flash vs. Ambient Demo 10Flash and Ambient Balancing for Natural Effect 11Flash and Ambient Balancing for Dramatic Effect 12Flash and Ambient Balancing for Creative Effect 13Understanding Flash Duration 14Chapter 3 Introduction 155 Common Key Light Patterns 165 Common Key Light Patterns w/ Diffusion & Fill 175 Common Secondary Light Patterns 183 Primary Subject Patterns 19Light Qualities 20The Inverse Square Law 21Inverse Square Law in Practice 22Corrective White Balance 23Creative White Balance 24Chapter 4 Introduction 25On Board vs. Hot Shoe Flash 26Full Feature vs. Manual Flashes 27TTL vs. Manual Control 28TTL vs. Manual Recycle Times 29Flash Power & Zoom 30HHS vs. ND Filters 31FCS vs. RCS 32Chapter 5 Introduction 334 Tips When You Must Use Direct Flash 34Bare Bulbing Done Right 35Grid Snoot + Direct Flash 36Mini Beauty + Direct Flash 37Ring + Direct Flash 38Understanding Modifiers 39Direct Flash + Shutter Flash 40Chapter 6 Introduction 41Ambient vs. Direct Flash vs. Bounce Flash 42Silver Bounce 43More Light Silver 44Soft White Bounce 45Overhead Bounce 46Overhead Bounce + Fill 47Event Bounce 48Chapter 7 Introduction 49Natural vs. Dramatic Light 50Filling and Refining Existing Light 51Coloring Light for Corrective Effect 52Coloring Light for Creative Effect 53Chapter 8 Introduction 54Case Study 1 - Dramatic Sunset 55Case Study 2 - Desert Sunset 56Case Study 3 - Sinister Headshot 57Case Study 4 - Family Portrait 58Case Study 5 - Athlete Portraits 59Case Study 6 - Working Angles 60Case Study 7 - Drag + Composite 61Case Study 8 - Less is More 62The Good Karma Jar 63Favorite Feature Flashes 64Favorite Manual Flashes 65Favorite On Camera Flash Modifiers



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