Flash Power

Flash Power

Tonight Vahida and I decided “Hey, lets do a little of everything” and then tried to cram everything into the evening. Since my bottle shot last night, I was itching to get some new flashes to make my life easier. I did a little research after I posted the bottle shot, and found the flashes that I wanted on Amazon in Quebec City – which means A) they are not being shipped from China and won’t take 4 weeks, and B) there is no worry about customs. Now if you know anything about me, you know that I can tend to be cheap and when it comes to photography. Although I have spent a lot of money on this hobby, I do try to avoid excess cost where I can. Case in point – external flashes. I could go for the premium Canon flashes, but they run a lot of money. Instead I have chosen to go with a Chinese manufacturer, Yongnuo who I think makes very nice flashes, at a very nice price. I will admit that yes, in lab testing they do not perform as well as the Canon, but I don’t see a huge difference in practice. There is a bit more vignetting on the edges,  but nothing that I can’t live with or fix in post. The idea of them being 1/6th the price makes me love the vignetting even more. The same cheapness holds true for light stands and pretty much any other accessory, lenses excluded.

After work today, I decided it was time to bite the bullet and make the order. Soon after that though, I started to look for light stands to mount the flashes on and found out that there was a local place in Toronto that had the flashes in stock and carried a variety of light stands – all at really good prices. They had odd hours, opening at 5pm and closing at 8pm daily. I waited for Vahida to get home from work and then we jumped in the car and headed over to Wilson and Dufferin. We got the flashes and light stand kit, then headed grocery shopping, over to HomeSense to look at baskets and finally to Hakka Garden to get some food for dinner.

Once home, we ate and then I had the itch to see how this all worked. Once I was all set up, I took some test shots of Vahida before turning the camera on the flash and snapping a shot for today’s post.

I used my Canon 7D Mark 1 with a Canon 24-70 F4 L lens at 24mm, shooting at 1/100, F6.3,with an ISO setting of 100. It was a nice sunny day today.

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