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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

Barthelemy Nadal’s photography appeared in our Flickr Group and upon really liking it, we asked him about this photo that he shot. We always find strobist photography to be inspiring not only to readers, but also to subjects to make themselves look better. Bart, believe it or not, has done a whole series of these and was kind enough to talk to us about how he did them.

Here’s his story.

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Lets admit it, China has an expanding photography industry. At its roots is a lack of originality. Chinese companies, however, have been producing increasingly better equipment. We have reviewed Yongnuo speed lights before, and they work well. So when I felt I needed a better speed light, I took a chance. I got a Yongnuo 565ex for my Nikon cameras. I have used it for some time now, and here is what I think.

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Yongnuo, the famous Chinese manufacturer of super affordable photography accessories, has upgraded their TTL compatible radio triggers. The new YN-622 triggers now have working LCD screens with easier control over groups and all. The Canon version is called the YN-622C RX with the Nikon version being called the YN-622N TX. They have 2.4ghz transmitters with AF assist IR beams and new LCD screens for easier wireless flash control.

The new system works a lot like Phottix’s Odins which let you control everything right from the transmitter–and that makes use simple and efficient.

No word on pricing yet, but I’m sure they’ll be super affordable.

 

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials for th Strobist Street Photographer (2 of 9)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 3.5

Strobists typically love to work with their lights manually vs using TTL; and one of the excellent things about that is that it enables manufacturers to make the flashes at a more affordable price. Those savings could mean that you can purchase more than one flash if you want: heck, you could even go for modifiers and all after that! In our endless search for the light, we’ve rounded up and curated three key flashes that make our eyes sparkle.

And here’s our recommended list.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Westcott Rapid Box product images (11 of 11)ISO 2001-100 sec at f - 5.6

Edit: After talking with Westcott, I learned that you can simply turn the inside ring and it will snap into place. However, it isn’t the simplest little thing to turn.

The Westcott Rapid Box feeds the addiction for portable and quick to set up softboxes for off-camera hot shoe flash users–or at least it tries to. The Rapid Box is a fusion between a collapsible softbox and a beauty dish. Since this whole strobist thing began, photographers have wanted small softboxes that are collapsible and have a great output.

Who better to do that than that Westcott? They’re Apollo Orb softboxes are legendary. And when they sent us their new Rapid Box Octa Mini, we were quite excited to give it a try.

And while Westcott nailed it on image quality, they didn’t quite hit the mark on functionality and practicality.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Yongnuo 560 III product photos (1 of 9)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 5.6

Yongnuo is a Chinese company that has mistakenly been stated as to be creating knock offs–which is a massive misinterpretation. They mostly specialize in radio transmitters and flashes. We previously reviewed the Yongnuo 560 II, and upon hearing the reports of the company putting radio transmission integrated into their flashes, I had to try one of the brand new 560 III flashes. The version that I purchased was specifically for the Micro Four Thirds system: and in this case the Olympus OMD EM5.

However, I ended up using it a whole lot more with the Panasonic GH3 due to a review period with the camera and lenses loaned to me by the company.

And if you’re invested in any mirrorless camera system (not just Micro Four Thirds) this super affordable flash and the RF-602 trigger is well worth it.

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