Category: Photography

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Was it the right decision to buy the Yongnuo YN685 speedlights and the Yongnuo YN-622N-TX controller kit?

I purchased my first Nikon D5100 DSLR in November 2011, that is, I have been actively taking a great interest in photography for a little over 6 years, and all this time I have done very well without sources of artificial lighting. Then there came an insight, a flash in the brain: “God, I desperately need an off-camera speedlight!” I checked prices for the Nikon SB-5000 (cost is 610 USD), then on “AliExpress” I noticed the novelty Yongnuo YN685N for 104 USD and… I bought two sets and the Yongnuo YN-622N-TX wireless flash controller (the total cost of the order is 252 USD), and to them to the heap – the tripod light stand, the white and black/silver umbrella, the flash diffuser reflector. All this stuff chosen almost at random, since I could not find an intelligent guide for inexperienced amateur photographers on the choice of flashes and accessories for organizing a home photography studio. Well, I will try to fill this gap and tell in simple language to beginner photographers what speedlights are needed for, how to setup them, how to choose batteries and a charger for them, how to take images at a professional level. I hope that...

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My friend used to shoot on the full-frame Nikon D800 and now he starts to use the Fujifilm X-T2. What is the result?

A significant part of the photographers does not see the “magic picture” of the full-frame image and would be pleased to remain on the APS-C camera, since the cameras of this type are lighter, smaller and cost less. The main reason why experienced amateurs decide on changing the format is 2-2.5 times higher Low-Light ISO level on a full frame, which generates significant growth as an image quality when shooting indoors without flash, sports competitions, children’s morning performances and wild animals, etc.; that is in all those situations where, in a not very good light, a short shutter speed is required, provided by an increase in ISO. Now a new mirrorless model of the Fujifilm X-T2 comes to the market, which today, according to numerous reviews and, based on examples of pictures on the Internet, the Low-Light ISO is approaching 3200 value, like the full-frame cameras by Nikon and Sony. The long-time reader of the website, Pavel Chertalev, recently took this camera for a test drive, after which he immediately sold his full-frame Nikon D800 with all the lenses, and switched to the Fuji X-T2. Let us look at the samples of his pictures, analyze what are the pros and...