This morning I woke up thinking I forgot to account for Daylight Savings Time, and that I was actually late to work. I went from barely awake to “freak out mode” in the space of a heartbeat. Luckily, I use my cell phone for my alarm, and after breathing deeply a few times, I realized it was only Friday…
I can’t say this is the first time this has happened to me (I’m sure this has happened to everybody at least once in their lives!), but I’m glad I now have time to write this blog post. I’ve been meaning to write it for a while, too.
Working with speedlites is a little trickier than working with strobes. First, there is no modeling light, so you have to guess-timate on the light position until you get it right. When you’re new to off-camera light, this can take a few snaps, but the more you work with off-camera light, the faster you will get at setting up.
Second, you have two choices: should you shoot manual or ETTL? I find that for me, it is easier to shoot on manual because I am used to shooting with strobes. So using a light meter gives me faster results. However, some people find using ETTL to be easier, as ratios can be relatively easy to use. You tell your key light and your fill that you want a 1:3 ratio, and your flash and camera will give you the best exposure for your key light. The down side to ETTL is that you never really know how much light your putting out since the flash and the camera are thinking for you, whereas if you shoot manual, you tell the speedlite to shoot at, say, 1/64th flash power, and you know that it’s putting out that much light.
Another downside to shooting ETTL is that you need two devices in order to shoot. You will always need a master or commander to trigger your slaved off-camera flash. When you shoot manual, you can hard wire your speedlite to your camera, eliminating the need for a trigger.
I know what you’re wondering. What’s the upside to shooting ETTL?
Your master flash can tell your slaved flash what to do, and on some cameras, these controls are accessible on the camera itself. Imagine not having to go to your OCF to manually change settings. You can even control multiple speedlites, in different channels and different groups. That’s a pretty nice upside, if you ask me.
While we’re not going to go in-depth here, I do want to show you what is possible with speedlites, using two different modifiers, and how I positioned the lights.
My model is the super talented nail artist Sara Meas. You can find her work here.
If you’d like to see what the Orb and Rapid Box looks like upon un-boxing, I created these two videos to show you how easy it is to set up.
Taking down and putting away the #ApolloOrb from @westcottlighting is a piece of cake. You can kind of see the #RapidBox to the left of the Orb in the beginning of the video for size comparison. I did a video of the Rapid Box already, so check it out if you're curious! I'll show you a couple of images taken with these two super portable light modifiers soon. Double tap (or like on FB) if you're excited like me! 😃
Took two seconds to put together even one handed 🙂 @westcottlighting's #rapidbox for #Speedlites is INSANE! Very well built too. #krisfulkphotography #fashion #beautyphotographer #fashionphotographer #beauty #photoshoot #fashion #styling #instadaily #instagood #nc #nyc #charlotte #vogue #nycphotographer #winstonsalem #westcott #winstonsalemphotographer #charlottephotographer #ncphotographer *www.krisfulk.com
I hope this post inspired you to whip out your speedlites this weekend! Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Retouch by Kris Fulk and Eduardo Calvo.