The unit performed flawlessly in all the above-mentioned areas. For example, the photo below shows my YN-568EX firing in optical slave mode, using ETTL metering, HSS and 8:1 ratio set via the camera menu. Fantastic! To obtain the photo below I mounted my 580EX ii master inside an Apollo Orb softbox at camera right.
I have the 580EX II and YN-568EX also. How did you connect your camera to the 580EX II which is off-camera in Apollo?
ahh -- good catch. I used Syl Arena's ETTL extension cord from OCF gear. Both camera and flash think the flash is mounted atop the camera. ETTL works beautifully
my order for two additional 568EXs just arrived; that took about 9 days. two 568's and the 580 go in the softox, one 568EX outside for rim or other fun.
Forgive me for the dumb question, but it's pertinent to this thread.
I'm a videographer just getting into flash photography and I want to know where to get started. I recently upgraded to a 5D Mark III and miss having an on-camera flash sometimes... Money is tight but I have some upcoming stills I want to knock out of the park so to speak....
I'd like to learn to shoot family photos like these in the short run and then later I want to get into more complex multi-flash set ups like high fashion stuff. But this is my first assignment:http://www.sistersavealot.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/family.bmphttp://www.dougellisphotography.com/data/photos/73_1family_portrait_pictures_ca.jpghttp://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/7500000/Modern-Family-modern-family-7554980-2560-1920.jpg
Looks like the families are in shade or under a 20x20 solid, catch lights show a large soft source from camera right as the most common set up with no fill or back light. Focal length appears to be long, approaching 200mm, lenses at f4 to f11.
The easiest way to do a cheap approximation of this (I imagine) is a flash bounced into an umbrella from as close to camera as possible... would this be bright enough? How would I trigger the flash in this case (radio received) and would I just figure out my ratio/brightness level/exposure by chimping? I'd like to try to do this with one battery-powered flash. Is this possible if I bring it close and shoot off-camera or would I need a much brighter flash than the Yognuo 560/Canon 580 (my two options).
Lastly, I want to shoot TTL like I did with my old t2i, but this isn't a priority. My options are the 560 II, 568EX, and an old used 580EX. Will I notice any real difference between the three? And for multi-flash set ups how can I trigger them all? For off-camera do they use the same radio receiver? Thanks! Mostly interested in the above style but also in getting into flash photography in general but stressed over having a high-stakes paid (low pay, high stakes) shoot soon.