It’s been a long time since being in the studio. Six months to be exact. In that time I revamped the area back into a sitting room. I needed the space to recover. Today though was a moving day of sorts. With the help of my husband, we moved the couch into the dinning room in preparation for my first test shoot since getting the new gear.
The lighting that looks like my old gear doesn’t respond the same way. There were some disadvantages, some questionable communication between the camera and lights and then there was the “jerk” zone.
Let’s start with the colour. The lights give a more yellow hue than I’d like. Everything had to be colour corrected post production. I intentionally used a neutral grey background for the test shoot today just for this reason. It’s an easy fix and not uncommon with flashes.
Next, the output settings on three devices show a different reading. This can’t be right? I meter the light with a handheld to get the reading to lessen the guessing. I set the camera as it should be, yet when reviewing the images they all show the same flash output reading 1/128 power. I know that isn’t correct because I seldom if ever shoot that low. The single light was set at 1/8 or 1/16 power throughout the session. The transceiver was set on 1/4 power because it didn’t seem to sync with anything in pre-shoot testing. Everything was set to Manual. The lights do not have TTL function and I wonder if this is why the problem?
Now let’s talk about the “jerk” zone, as I will aptly name it because I can’t use the real name I gave it on a PG page. This is the area where I can’t stand because the light refused to fire. Stand more than 10 feet away from the stand sideways or back and nothing happens. Stand 2-3 feet higher or lower, the same issue. Not sure why this is happening since these are supposed to be radio firing and not line of sight. The light was mounted on a stand shooting into my Lastolite softbox. It wasn’t a bare bulb, but the receiver was covered in the front by 90% by the support bracket of the softbox. I wonder if this caused the interference? I’ll have to look into this further.
So those were all the bad things. The one saving grace to the new lights is the speed in which they can fire off repeated flashes. Not even my name brand Canons could keep up with these Camerons. The Henry’s exclusive brand may be a Chinese mimic, but I’ll take its speed any day for the price. The layout is very similar to the Canon Speedlight. The plastic is very light, and I wouldn’t want to use them outdoors much, but for in-house, they are a good fit.
Krystal posing for the camera.
Overall the test shoot went well. A huge thank you needs to be sent out to my friend, Krystal who volunteered to come spend the hour with me. She always makes my anxiety melt away. While I switched out the three lenses, fiddled with lights I don’t fully understand and chatted to myself she is always smiling. We got some great images which she seemed to like from the previews on the back of the camera.
I have to say one thing about the Nikon D500, the colour is outstanding compared to my Canon 7D Mark II. There was no brilliance to the old images. The lenses I used were my 105mm 2.8 macro, the 24-120mm 4.0 and my 35mm 1.8. The zoom lens is a bit slow and had a harder time finding focus in the dim light. Overall though they worked great, producing sharp images.
I’m glad I made the switch. I can honestly say now, I’m a NIKON girl!