Flash and Me

One of the biggest differences in our lives now vs. one year ago is the number of overcast days. Here in Erie, with the snow and winter rain and clouds, the number of sunny days in our lives has plummeted. And don't get me wrong, the weather is a HUGE reason that we moved. But ditching the it's-so-hot-I-can't-function everyday temps has resulted in a lot of flat, low light around the house. Enter, the flash.

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Speedlights seems so simple in concept, but lets be real, I am pretty sure they are written in a foreign language. I searched the internet up and down and sideways for the best low cost lighting set up for a variety of uses. I am indecisive my nature, and I hate to make new purchases for fear of regret, is this took me a while.

 Me, laughing at former me, that thought OFC would be easy to learn. 

Me, laughing at former me, that thought OFC would be easy to learn. 

I finally settle on a Yongnuo 568, highly recommended for its quality at a much lower price than its name brand counterparts. I also ordered a wireless remote and FlashBender softbox kit. I am loving the first two things, but the jury is still out on the softbox kit. I am sure with some more use I will put it to good use, but right now it's not constantly attached to my flash.

 Me, celebrating the fact that I hit the order button.

Me, celebrating the fact that I hit the order button.

The funniest thing about a flash is the being so excited about using it to make it look like you didn't. I don't want my flash to look like a flash. That was the hardest part to figure out, I think. How do I use this seamlessly with my existing shooting, adding to what I already know about light. It's coming along. Practice makes perfect, right?

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I'll keep plugging along with this. This year I am hoping to explore some more creative portraiture, and I have a feeling this little guy is going to come in handy for that!

 

 

ps... can you tell which of my children is always willing to be my model?