Five Budget Flashes for the Frugal Strobist Photographer in Need

If you’re looking to up your photography game, know that better light does not have to cost a small fortune.

If you want to separate your work from the hordes of people wearing their cameras, you’ll need to control light. There’s no better way to control light than with a flash and a good flash doesn’t need to send your accountant into shock either. Here are five budget flashes you need to know about. Just to let you know, we’ve tested all of these flashes and we’re recommending everything from our personal experience.

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Useful Photography Tip #151: Direct Flash and Macro Photography

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Direct flash Macro tutorial (3 of 3)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 2.8

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One of the best ways to get even illumination in a macro photo is to use a flash. But you don’t need to use a giant ring flash. At the same time, ring flash attachments for hot shoe flashes tend to cut down on the amount of light that comes out–which forces the flash to work harder than it really has to.

Instead, just simply set the zoom head of the flash to the longest focal length, set the lens to the macro focusing range, and shoot. In the case that you’ve got a TTL flash, this is very straight forward if you also have radio triggers. Otherwise, you’ll need to set the flash manually–which really isn’t such a big deal and allows you to have even more control in an even more straightforward way.

This method can make the output from an older lens like the Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro lens look really great. And as far as flashes go, there are loads of affordable flashes and triggers from Yongnuo, but in the image above I’m using the Phottix Laso with a Canon 580 EX II. Sample photo is after the jump.

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