Cheap Photo: Killer Savings On Budget Speedlights from Godox and Yongnuo

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Godox Thinklite TT685S TTL product photos (9 of 13)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 2.0

Budget speedlights are a great way to ease yourself into the world of advanced lighting, they are affordable and many come with advanced features not found until you get into the $500+ range. Today’s highlights are some great budget speedlight options from Godox and Yongnuo, probably two of the biggest and most popular budget lighting brands.

  1. Godox TT685 – Save $80 – Get It
  2. Godox V860II – Save $100 – Get It
  3. Yongnuo YN600EX RT – Save $13 – Get It
  4. Yongnuo YN560IV – Save $9 – Get It
  5. Yongnuo YN-467 II – Save $27 – Get It

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Review: Shanny SN600EX-RF Flash (Canon TTL)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Shanny SNEX600-EF product images (8 of 12)ISO 4001-320 sec at f - 2.0

When you think about great third party flash options, what you immediately think about are both Phottix and Yongnuo–but if you haven’t checked out Shanny then you should. They’re not anywhere as popular as the others and providing that everyone and their mother suddenly think that they can grab a factory in China and throw their name on a product, it’s tough to get through all the rest. However, Shanny does a couple of things that in many ways are very true to Canon’s own interface and also much more simplistic for the user.

At the same time though, they’re not perfect–and some things may straight drive you insane when you’re on a shoot.

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Creating the Photograph: Kevin Goss-Ross’s “Thinkhouse X: Bathtub Scene”

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer Kevin Goss-Ross is a self-taught photographer working professionally for the past 7 years. Born in Pretoria, South Africa, and raised on the coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, he moved to Dublin in 2012. After studying graphic design at the Durban University of Technology and slogging it out in dirty alternative nightclubs and bars shooting music he sold his soul and started doing commercial and editorial work which, much to his dismay, he liked a lot.

And that’s how we’re brought to the Thinkhouse X series. The shoot was done for the agency Thinkhouse in Dublin and this image in particular was inspired by Hunter S. Thompson.

Here’s Ryan’s story.

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Review: Aperlite YH-700C Flash

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Aperlite YH-700C flash review images (4 of 10)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 3.2

Aperlite isn’t as well known as Phottix or Yongnuo when it comes to affordable third party flashes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality isn’t there. In a world where everyone and their mother is creating a Me Too flash of some sort, getting to the best of the best is tough to do. The Aperlite YH-700C is a flash. Yes, that’s it. It’s an ordinary flash with TTL capabilities with both Canon and Nikon cameras. No radio wireless control, no crazy features at all–just a flash that’s very akin to Canon’s older 580 EX II. That means you’ve got TTL, manual and stroboscopic modes in addition to a tilting and swiveling head.

It isn’t exactly doing anything to push the technology barriers, but for what you’re paying for there isn’t a whole lot to complain about.

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Corey Boland’s “There’s Magic in the Winter” Is Geniously Lit

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Image by Corey Boland. Used with permission.

Photographer Corey Boland is no stranger to the Phoblographer; he’s demonstrated himself to be an excellent strobist and well on the way to becoming a professional photographer. But more than anything, Corey demonstrates creativity with his images and concepts: as is evident with “There’s Magic in the Winter.” He credits Frank Doorhof and Von Wong for his inspiration.

“I always liked the idea of ‘glowing bubbles’ or floating orbs. I also am really influenced by Ben Von Wong and his ability to create so much original light and almost surreal effects in camera and had the idea of white snow with glowing bubbles in the snow.” says Corey. “At first I had two lights but one was not syncing and therefore had to improvise to one”

Corey shot this images by using a Yongnuo 560III flash with built in a wireless receiver. The he proceeded to wrap it in a white garbage bag then stuffed into a ceiling fan glass dome to both act as a diffuser and a water proofing system; then it was set it full blast. Then he put the package in the snow and there was no messing with the settings. He used the YN 602 triggers to sync the flash.

His post-production was very minimal and pretty much added blue to the highlights to accent the “cold” snow.

Although none of his gear was wrecked, Corey states that it was all too possible. However, the flashes are so cheap that he wouldn’t have lost too much sleep.

Creating the Photograph: Corey Boland’s “Daughter Performing Magic”

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer Corey Boland is a physical therapist that wears the photographer cape and cowl at night, but like the great Williams Carlos Williams before him, he surely has a creative and artistic side. We found the image that is the center of this post when he posted it on Reddit–naturally though, we know exactly how it was lit. But even though the methodology is fairly common, many don’t know how a photo like this is achieved. Nor do they always have the creative vision to pull something like this off in a very smart way.

Here’s Corey’s story.

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