Neewer TT850 Speedlites

Neewer TT850 Speedlites

The Neewer TT850 (also branded as the Godox Ving V850) is the flash that I am currently using, and makes up the entirety of my lighting kit. How much do I like them? A few months ago, my lighting kit consisted of Profoto monolights (a ComPact 600 and 2 Compact 300s) for serious use, and a dozen + YongNuo YN560II speedlites. I...Read more
It’s not the equipment: $100 project

It’s not the equipment: $100 project

We’ve all heard the saying: “it’s not the equipment, it’s who’s using it.” or “a great photographer can make beautiful pictures with a piece of junk camera.” and other similar phrases that all say the same thing. Knowledge about your equipment, knowing how to use it, and to get the final effects that you want trumps gear every time. (I’m...Read more
Sunpak 622 Super / Auto “The Beast”

Sunpak 622 Super / Auto “The Beast”

I’ve got four of these guys. 2 622 Supers and 2 622 Autos. They’re functionally the same, with a little difference in power. And when it comes to power, they’ve both got plenty. Amazon usually has one or two floating around, but your best bet is buying off eBay. The last time I won an eBay auction, it was for...Read more
High Speed Sync and Power Output

High Speed Sync and Power Output

A few months ago, I took the picture above. While I love it, I wish I had the capability to shoot with a wider aperture for shallower DOF (taken at ISO100 – f/3.2 – 1/200.) While I could have lowered my flash power to get it to put out f/1.4, had I opened up to f/1.4, the image would have...Read more
Neewer TT560 / TT520 Speedlites.

Neewer TT560 / TT520 Speedlites.

You can’t get much more budget friendly than the Neewer TT560. At the moment, they’re $37 brand new on Amazon, which is about as cheap as you’ll find for a hotshoe flash sold new from a legit retialer. Its little brother, the TT520 for some reason is $6 more expensive,  at $43, and a bit less powerful and useful, so...Read more
YongNuo RF-603 Wireless Transcievers

YongNuo RF-603 Wireless Transcievers

I have been using the RF-603 wireless transcievers for the past two years (and YongNuo’s RF-602 prior to that) and absolutely love them. There are many different varieties on Amazon (see the new II model here)- since they’re also wireless shutter releases, they’re sold under a variety of kits for each camera system, so when you’re looking to pick up a...Read more
A Power Comparison of Popular Hotshoe Flashes

A Power Comparison of Popular Hotshoe Flashes

I am a big fan of speedlite use for off camera flash. I hear people all the time on different forums recommend one flash over another since “it’s much much more powerful”, yet I find otherwise in my own extensive experience with speedlites. I decided to put a bunch of flashes to the test, and see just how “much much more...Read more
CowboyStudio 4 Way Flash Bracket

CowboyStudio 4 Way Flash Bracket

I have been searching for something like this for ages, and glad I could finally find a budget-friendly 4 way flash bracket. A couple years ago, I found a product called a “FourSquare” and immediately almost fell in love. I love the idea of multiple flashes on one bracket (I own a few tri-flash brackets already and wanted four,) but $100...Read more
YongNuo YN560 II Speedlite

YongNuo YN560 II Speedlite

The YongNuo YN560 II flashes have made up the core of my lighting kit since they came out (and the mk1 version prior to that) For someone who wants simple, “dumb” manual flashes, they offer everything you would want, without bloating the price with features you don’t necessarily need. As of right now, these are my #1 most recommended piece...Read more