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# 146768 28-May-2014 16:33
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Hi I have long stayed away from flashes and strobes because I cannot get the flash strength and exposure correct. (My unit has no built in flash but should have all the modern bells and whistles)

Say i want to have a normally exposed face and a really bright strobe from the corner of the room somewhere. What equipment do i need?

I presume I will need a front flash fill firing at a medium strength, and the corner of the room strobe firing at a higher strength ...

I presume I will need control of the firing strength of 2 flash/strobe.

I presume one will be master and one will be slave?

I presume the units will need to talk to the camera regarding exposure/or not?

Someone put me out of my misery :(

PS I don't want to spend more than say $300 just for this effect ... am i out of luck with non Canon stuff?

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  # 1055238 28-May-2014 16:36
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For that scenario I'd just use bounce flash - one flash on the camera, pointed toward the corner of the room.

You could go automatic flash, 600EX x 2 (which are probably $800 each), existing Canon flash units with ETTL slaves. You could also go manual flash, much cheaper and easy once you know how, and it's really not difficult.

Where are you in NZ? If Wellington I could take you through it.

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  # 1055241 28-May-2014 16:39
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Sounds like i will need to go manual for the $.

Am about to read your link.

Is yongnuo the cheapest? what spec do i look for? (no not in wellington)

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  # 1055244 28-May-2014 16:42
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Yep that's a good basic brand. Go for a model with a rotating head, manual and ETTL modes. You'll probably want radio triggers, I use phottix stratos II (may have spelled them incorrectly), but there are heaps of options. Canon wireless ETTL compatible units can work from the camera flash, but reliability isn't great.

Find the "getting started" part of that website. Neil's very knowledgeable, and has books on the subject too.

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