unbiased wrench [deleted] 12:39am, 30 December 2009
Any advice?
unbiased wrench [deleted] 9 years ago
i love my 400's but i shoot through the umbrellas not reflect them, i don't think there's enough power to reflect them, personally. i used them at a couple of christmas parties and being able to shoot at iso 200 and f7.1 all the pics came out crystal clear. now i'm learning to use them as high lights and key lights there is alot to learn, good luck
unbiased wrench [deleted] 9 years ago
I'm just entering the world of strobes.
I thought these lights were a good place to start since they have good reviews and and cheap.

Once I get them I should be able to mess around with them.
they are cheap but fully capable of producing professional quality images, i failed to mention that the strobe was set at 1/3 power so i still had alot more power left.
paulcjones 9 years ago

What are you doing with them? I have the 200's, and find the reflective umbrellas and power just fine in my home studio doing portraits. It really depends what you want to do, where you plan to do it.
Michael J Ross 9 years ago
Using bounce umbrellas gives me a nice, shallow DOF for portraits when used at low power. I love that.
Crescencio Bibay Photography Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Crescencio Bibay Photography (member) 9 years ago
I take them on location at parties and a lot of times I shoot groups of people , like sometimes up to 8 people so that's why I like to shoot through. for me it kind of acts like a softbox when I shoot that way and also I dont have to power it up all the way
unbiased wrench [deleted] 9 years ago
I'm going to be shooting promotion shots for bands with them. And maybe some table top photography
paulcjones 9 years ago
You will have more than enough light from a 400 and umbrella for table top photos.

The bands, depending how big a group it is, may be different, especially if you're shooting outdoors.
unbiased wrench [deleted] 9 years ago
The bands will be 4-6 members usually.
TwoBlockRule 9 years ago
I am looking at these also..how do you fire remotely? I use pocket wizards for my 580ex2 and 430ex with my 5Dmk2..
blueglum 9 years ago
They fire the same exact way. Use your PWs.
Or the builtin optical slave. They even come with a fairly
long PC sync cable.
unbiased wrench [deleted] 9 years ago
I just bought some ebay triggers to start. I figured I shouldn't go too expensive because I'm just starting.

But if I was experienced with off camera flash I would of bought some PW or cybersyncs
JedisFlickr 9 years ago
I have a 200Ws monolight and want to upgrade for group shootings. My idea is to buy a 400WS monolight, then i can use the 400Ws for group shooting as a main light and the 200Ws as a filler. Are my thoughts correct ? How do you trigger two monolights ? Can i trigger one with radio and the second would respond by photocell to the first ?
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