These Are The Speedlights We Recommend For Lighting Up Your Party Photography

As you have noticed lately, we have been exploring the arena of party and event photography, specifically the gear and tools needed to get great results in that genre. So far we have covered cameras and lenses, the two most critical aspects of a party or event photography kit.

Today we change our focus from the image capturing gear to another incredibly important piece to a party and event photography kit – the lighting. Specifically, we will be looking at our top speedlight recommendations, a list that will cover high-end (expensive) options as well as more budget-friendly options that also get the job done.

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Reports Say Yongnuo Gearing Up To Launch a 50mm F1.4 Lens

Could Yongnuo be gearing up to launch their own version of the Canon 50mm F/1.4? That is what some reports over on Photo Rumors are pointing to with images they received from a user.

Yongnuo has made their name in this industry with their cheap alternative products, which started with speedlights and lighting but has now expanded into lenses. Their lenses have been known to be built incredibly cheap, with outdated lens optical designs and AF motors. But in terms of the actual image quality from these very cheap lenses, it has been mostly noted to be fairly decent, in some cases even good.

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

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)

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

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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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