First, I need to apologize for the hiatus I've taken, the shoots were kinda slow for the last quarter of the year and we've traveled a lot. But we are back, and ready to kick some ass this year, now back to our scheduled blog post.
I am geeking out on the new YN transmitter for Canon. Yongnuo had already come up with a transmitter for Nikon, and Canon users were left to use the menus for control of the YN transceivers, not anymore.
I've been playing with the transceivers for a while now, but I didn't really have a shoot to run them thru the gauntlet until very recently. We did a photoshoot for Unleash the Quiche, a new local company owned by Christian Diez (one of our previous subjects), who had helped us with our portfolio, so we decided to help him with his; and also a food shot for La Latina (Pat's, and mine, favourite restaurant).
With Unleash the Quiche (UTQ), the shoot was fun, we did a lot in our kitchen with manual lights (one big umbrella with a 400W light high up, and one Canon 430 EX II as a back light).
I was going for "natural light", but in some instances I just threw that out of the window and concentrated on "not creating distracting/unexplained shadows".
Then we stepped outside for some portraits with the products, Christian and Katrina dressed up a little bit, and I used two lights on TTL (Canon 430 EXII, one behind them, and one bare strobe high aiming down), in this case going for a more "punchy" look.
Now, moving on to La Latina, I've been talking with them about doing a shot for months, but it seemed like there was always a problem with my schedule (and I'm including "I forget" as one of these problems), we've finally were able to set a time and date, and I went to tequeño heaven on my own (Pat was working that day), for the shoot.
I brought small lights only, and ALL my modifiers, but it was evident that even though I was going early (before opening), I was gonna have to work while they were also working, so blocking the customer's area was not an option. I settled for a single light, TTL, on an reflecting umbrella, my 50 and 85mm lenses, and macro extension tubes.
Once again, I was going for a natural look (being helped by indirect light from the windows), but some of the pictures came up more punchy (which I'm not at all mad about it).
All in all, it is fair to say, that I am VERY pleased with the flexibility of these triggers, and the addition of the transmitter just sweetens the deal even more. I am confused by the fact that I can't control the settings for the YN-560 (I and II) from the transmitter (but I can adjust the manual settings of my Canon 430 EXII from the transmitter), but that's hardly a deal breaker, so far, I haven't have any major issues with the triggers, and all things considered, I would replace them in a second if any of them were to break (how could I not? they're very affordable).
If you were on the fence about them, I would tell you right now to run and buy them... Hope that clears out my rant.