Use Your DSLR For Videos AND Stills: The Neewer Strobe
As the resident tech guy here at BzS, I am always looking for ways to increase our quality and keep the price down. After decades of working with network professional crews, I know that you can always throw money around to get quality, but can you keep the quality up on a budget? I now know the answer is “Yes!”
The first revolution has been using digital still cameras that also shoot video. This has put filmmaking into the hands of many more people on a budget. The other side of that coin is that the cameras can also be used for high quality stills, which of course was their original intent. It is almost like “I bought this movie camera and they threw in a professional still camera for free!”
Many of you have bought in with Nikons or Canons and now even high quality Sony and Panasonic (Lumix) gear. For filmmaking, you need to add some external lighting and sound recording to get to professional levels, but for stills it is just the lighting. But if you want to take professional looking still photographs, can’t you just use the pop up flash or just the sun? Well, the answer is mostly “no.”
To avoid that “Deer in the headlights” lighting look, you may have looked into the your brand companion speedlight. But spending $500-$600 for a Canon or Nikon light gets close to doubling the investment in your camera. And then you will end up buying AA batteries by the boatload just to keep the flashes coming.
The first thing on my Xmas list this year is a new solution: the NEEWER® TT850 Flash Speedlite
which is available on Amazon for around $100.