Pretty soon after my first speedlight-try, I realised what an advantage it would be to separate the flash from the camera. So I got a transmitter. On the list of what I love about Godox: it’s cheap. That means I can learn without having to invest a fortune (so far under 2000:- for flash and transmitter!).
Lensbaby is too soft for this purpose and my taste at f/2,8, so the rest are taken with f/4.
Today I have been working with my Fujifilm t-x2, Godox tt350, and a transmitter. Lens: I made a bad choice. I couldn’t choose between working on my speedlight skills and working on my manual focus skills, so I chose the lensbaby. I should have gone with an af-lens, as I don’t quite handle manual focus yet. Oh, well! One sharp out of every ten isn’t too bad, is it? Love the look of the lensbaby when I get it right! 😀
Anyway. I wanted a controlled environment, so all photos are from inside my living room with a simple black backdrop.
- Find out how it works.
- Try different settings (more or less flash, more or less natural light)
- Try different angles (because lighting dogs are NOT the same as lighting people. People don’t have huge triangular ears or very long snouts).
- Try to get the eyes sharp.
- Maybe get something worth saving.
I wanted kind of low key, and in my mind the photos were fantastic (of course). In reality…Let’s just say I need more practice!
Flash straight from the side/behind her. “Are you done soon?”
I was worried the flash would be distracting for my model, or even frighten her, so the first thing I did was to flash it in a different direction and give her a treat a few times. Flash = treat. She got that really fast, and there were no problems at all!
Flash behind her. I so missed the focus on this one, but wanted to show the effect. The light on her face is natural light from a window.
I started with TTL-mode, and adjusted the amount of light. I got the lighting of her really nice, but wanted to get a darker background so I changed to manual mode instead.
Flash bounced in the ceiling. Nice, but too much light on the background.
In manual mode I set the exposure on the camera first, and then I added a tiny bit of light from the flash.
Flash almost straight in front of her a little bit to the side.
I also tried to bounce it in the ceiling, and compare that with flash straight-on. The bounced one is much softer, obviously, but also harder to control.
From the side, bounced in the ceiling.
Luckily, I have a very patient model who works for a handful of kibble. That allows me to play and test things! After an hour of shooting, I know A LOT more than I did an hour ago. And I guess that after a few more sessions, I may even start to know what I’m doing…:D