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Lighting 101

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Full Feature vs. Manual Flashes

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

Lighting 101

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26. Full Feature vs. Manual Flashes


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1 Chapter 1 Introduction Duration:01:26
2 Why Just One On-Camera Flash Duration:04:22
3 5 Reasons to Use Flash Duration:10:37
4 Common Flash Myths Duration:06:51
6 Chapter 2 Introduction Duration:01:36
9 Flash vs. Ambient Demo Duration:06:42
13 Understanding Flash Duration Duration:08:37
14 Chapter 3 Introduction Duration:01:34
15 5 Common Key Light Patterns Duration:08:38
18 3 Primary Subject Patterns Duration:05:27
19 Light Qualities Duration:09:56
20 The Inverse Square Law Duration:07:50
21 Inverse Square Law in Practice Duration:08:21
22 Corrective White Balance Duration:10:02
23 Creative White Balance Duration:05:47
24 Chapter 4 Introduction Duration:01:58
25 On Board vs. Hot Shoe Flash Duration:05:57
27 TTL vs. Manual Control Duration:08:12
28 TTL vs. Manual Recycle Times Duration:04:43
29 Flash Power & Zoom Duration:09:18
30 HHS vs. ND Filters Duration:12:29
31 FCS vs. RCS Duration:07:11
32 Chapter 5 Introduction Duration:01:38
34 Bare Bulbing Done Right Duration:11:42
35 Grid Snoot + Direct Flash Duration:06:43
36 Mini Beauty + Direct Flash Duration:06:08
37 Ring + Direct Flash Duration:07:52
38 Understanding Modifiers Duration:09:24
39 Direct Flash + Shutter Flash Duration:09:07
40 Chapter 6 Introduction Duration:01:55
42 Silver Bounce Duration:14:27
43 More Light Silver Duration:11:02
44 Soft White Bounce Duration:15:41
45 Overhead Bounce Duration:11:39
46 Overhead Bounce + Fill Duration:09:42
47 Event Bounce Duration:12:42
48 Chapter 7 Introduction Duration:01:38
49 Natural vs. Dramatic Light Duration:17:43
53 Chapter 8 Introduction Duration:00:43
54 Case Study 1 - Dramatic Sunset Duration:09:45
55 Case Study 2 - Desert Sunset Duration:10:04
57 Case Study 4 - Family Portrait Duration:08:21
59 Case Study 6 - Working Angles Duration:07:22
61 Case Study 8 - Less is More Duration:07:16
62 The Good Karma Jar Duration:01:41
63 Favorite Feature Flashes Duration:05:52
64 Favorite Manual Flashes Duration:21:35

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Full Feature vs. Manual Flashes

Full feature versus manual flashes each have their pros each have their cons and really the primary deciding point between whether you get a full feature versus that manual flash is just gonna be your overall budget. The price points for full feature versus manual flashes are very, very different, and if we all had the money, well, there's not really any reason to get manual flashes because full feature ones do what emanuel flash does and a lot more so let's discuss these differences, and then you guys can decide if it's in the cards, especially when you're going the lighting to one and three one. If you need multiple off camera flashes, you might benefit from getting manual flashes because they're much less expensive, so if they get destroyed a ruined or something goes wrong, then they're less expensive to replace, although they are a little more cumbersome and controlling, but let's, talk about these differences now over here on my left I have the foe ticks metro's plus now if there ...

was one third party full feature flash that I would recommend, it would be this one. The photos me charge plus is around four hundred bucks and this is as full featured as a flash gets you could get it for both nikon and cannon systems. They'll probably come with additional support for other camera systems as well in the future and for what? The price point is for forty bucks, you're getting a lot ok? Let's, talk about what you're getting. So with a full feature flash, you get focused assistance, ok, so you can typically see that on the front there's gonna be a little infrared beam that will in front being is actually to help you in dark situations to get your focus all time. But what else this includes? We have tl and manual control detail means through the lens exposure, basically. So when you are firing your flash, basically it's goingto fire a pre flash. Okay, so it is pretty instantaneous, so when you take a shot, it looks as if your flash just fired once, but in reality, your flash actually fired a pre flash to test the exposure. And then what does the flash do? It measures the amount of light that it needs to put on to the subject, not a tale is a nice starting tool, kind of like a nice starter tool for for those that are getting new ak you two are getting into flash, but it does have its limitations. We'll talk about that in a little bit. They also have high speed sync. Okay, so we can actually take the shutter speed above one, two hundred of a second, which we'll talk about again more later on they also include rcs rear currency we talked about that a little bit earlier when we're dealing with slowing down the shutter and using either f c s first curtains sink or rcs were couldn't sink manual flashes don't have that in addition includes pulse mode or hurt modes where we can basically make the flash fire multiple times within say a shutter duration so if I wanted to set my shutter speed toe one second I could have my flash fire five times within that one second to get different kinds of types of creative effects we also have infrared triggering okay so unlike say a five eighty x we would have infrared where basically we can use the five index to control another off camera cannon flash that has infrared now in the metro's plus we actually go a step further the metro's plus includes radio triggering which is far better than in frederick radio triggering will actually allow you to trigger an off camera unit that's out of line of sight basically that you cannot see that's much further in distance and so forth infrared is great when you're ten feet away but radio is fantastic at one hundred feet two hundred feet and so forth in triggering off camera flashes again this is really more of a lighting to one in lighting three on type feature but these full feature flashes some have that ability built in the canon six hundred ex artie is another radio triggering flash system but that comes in this guy and this is only for bucks so this also includes radio control so we can actually control other metro's plus units from this unit on our hotch you okay? So I can actually control if I'm using off camera flashes off camera me chose plus is I could actually control all of those from this one unit. This also includes off camera tpl or some full peter flashes include ofthe committee tio meaning that the off camera flashes I can actually use that through the lens exposure mode as well so I don't need to set to manual I don't need to sell my own exposure it'll do the same thing as you're on camera full feature flash would do it'll fire a pre flash right when the shutter open and he will get well just before the shutter opens and then when the shutter opens it'll fire the actual flash based on that reading and gets okay, so that was a lot of different features. Those were nine kind of primary features of a full featured flash and basically again depending on the model that unit that you get some full feature flash and may have some of those features some we have all those features it just depends there's kind of different varying degrees okay, what are the cons of a full feature flash? Well the main one that we've already talked about is the price. This is four hundred bucks manual flashes you can get for seventy bucks, eighty bucks, one hundred bucks this one is the best manual flashing get and it's one hundred eighty bucks so obviously this is more expensive when you're talking about getting on the lighting to one in lighting three on where we need to buy three or four of these units that gets quite pricey very quickly. Ah, six hundred ex artie is five hundred bucks and the sixty ex artie that's cannons version of basically this same flash with its own built in radio and everything it's five hundred bucks and I do prefer it just a little bit over the metro's plus just for sake of kind of it's. Just a little bit more refined overall, but as far as the third party full feature flash the hood recommend for any system I can't go wrong with this metro's plus, you know, I mean it's absolutely fantastic. If it's in the budget and you shoot cannon, maybe the six hundred e x artie is where you want to go, but otherwise I would say, look to the meters plus what are the other cons? Well, with all these crazy features built into this one single unit, the backside is going to get a little bit more complex it's going to be a little bit more complicated control there's going to be a lot of features that you kind of need to learn where the buttons are and how to use so you are going to need to consult your manual just a little bit to figure out exactly which button to press now the great part about this is that radio triggering is the exact same whether using pock wizards or a six hundred dx artie or where they're using the metros plus system it's simply learning how to control the radio via whatever system that you have and for that you need to refer the manual the same thing with, say rare curtain sink recurrent thing functions the exact same way across the board it's just bring out which button to push to get to it all right, so our favorites on the full feature side is the meters plus for the price point is four hundred bucks my number two is the cannon six hundred ex artie and while nikon flash systems up until this point have been absolutely fantastic and actually quite far ahead of cannons, they've lagged a little bit in getting out eh radio triggering version of their flash system. So the best nikon flash currently available is still the nikon s p nine nine ten which is actually more expensive than the cannon six hundred yaks artie and the metro's it's five hundred bucks plus it doesn't have radio triggering, so I'd probably say ifyou're on nikon go with the metro's plus and wait until my gun comes out with their new system at least for now okay let's go for the manual flashlight down the manual flash side this is incredibly simple to talk about because really there's only two pros number one is that they're far less expensive we've already talked about that and number two is that it's simple to use guys this only khun do one thing just flash and it flashes in manual mode it doesn't have tl doesn't have e t t l it doesn't have high speed sync it doesn't have rear curtains sink it doesn't have any of these full featured options is simply is just a flash and there's kind of there's kind of a beauty to that simplicity that's all it is so all you need to worry about is your zoom and your power setting that's all so on the con side that's the main con is this is just a flash there's no advanced features there's nothing else there's no the focus assist there's none of those advanced features coming in a full feature flash our favorite of the manual flashes is this guy the limit pro lp one eighty and we'll talk more about flashes independently when we get to that point the video we're going to talk about our favorite flash unit's overall from a manual and full feature. But some other great honora mentions are the newer tt eight fifty, which is one hundred bucks, the vivid tar to eighty five h b, which is a hundred bucks, and each of these I have kind of a noose like annoyance with each of these little flashes there. They all have one of these issues that I just really don't like except for the l p one eighty, which I guess the most annoying thing about this is it's more expensive. And then the young know also the five sixty three, which is seventy five bucks. So obviously, this is the most expensive this is. Oh, I guess this is two hundred bucks around one, eighty two, two hundred bucks. Depends where you get so it's double the price of other manual flashes, if not a little more that's. My only annoyance with you, but otherwise you're fantastic. I love you. I could, I could just, you know, married you, but when we go the next video instead.

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. 

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