The best lighting for photography on just about every occasion is natural light. Yet there are times when daylight needs to be supplemented or you need to provide all the light yourself. The easiest and most readily available source of supplementary lighting is electronic flash.
Just about all digital cameras carry their own small flash units. These are convenient and offer a variety of features such as automatic flash-exposure control, and red-eye reduction. Unfortunately, not only is their power limited, their position very close to the lens causes unsightly shadows when the flash is the only source of light. And the subject is is close to a wall. The best use of on-camera flash is to lighten shadows in high-contrast or backlit situations.
In order to use off-camera flash, your digital camera needs to have an external flash-synchronization socket, or “Hot shoe”. These sockets differ, so getting the type of flash recommended by the camera manufacturer is the best course of action to take. With an off-camera flash, you need a model with a tilt and swivel head, allowing the head to point up and downward and form side to side. These movements allow you to bounce the light before it reaches the subject, softening the light’s effect.
Since I am always on the look out for equipment within my budget I discovered the
Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite for Canon Nikon Sony Panasonic Olympus Fujifilm Pentax Sigma Minolta Leica and Other SLR Digital SLR Film SLR Cameras and Digital Cameras with single-contact Hot Shoe . As you can see, this beauty fits more than a few cameras.
M Mode Press the MODE key to M Mode. In this mode, you can set TT560 On to your camera hot shoe or speedlite trigger hot shoe to trigger the flash unit. When shooting, adjust the flash power and press the camera shutter, the flash light will flash under the camera synchronous signal. ?
2. S1 Mode (1) Press the MODE key to S1 Mode. The Mode is applicable for slave flash in order to create many lighting effects. It is respectively applicable for manual flash environment. ?(2) When the flash is S1 mode, it will fire synchronously when the master flash fires, comparable with the effect by the use of radio trigger. ?
3. S2 Mode Press the MODE key to S2 Mode. The mode is applicable for slave flash in order to create many lighting effects. It is respectively applicable for TTL flash environment. The flash unit won’t flash synchronously with the first flash but the second flash from the master flash. ?
4. Power-saving Function (1) To save battery power, the flash will enter stand-by state in about 30 minutes of idle use. Press any button to wake it up. (2) In S1/S2 mode, the flash will enter stand-by state in about 60 minutes of idle use. Press any button to wake it up.(3) In Power-saving mode, the charging indicator flickers in every 3 seconds. Other Indicators are turned off.
5. Protection Function (1) Protection in continuous flashes (2) Systematic over-temperature protection Specifications: Guide Number:38 ( ISO 100 ) Flash Mode: M, S1, S2 Vertical Rotation Angle :0~90 degrees Horizontal Rotation Angle: 0~270 degrees Power: 4xAAsize batteries ( Alkaline or Ni-MH are usable ) Lighting Times: 100-1500 times ( AA alkaline batteries used ) Recycle Time :approx 0.5-5.5s ( AA alkaline batteries used ) Light Quantity Output Control :with 1/8 – stop increment Color Temperature: 5600K Flash Duration :1/300s~1/20000s 100% Brand New. 3 Months Warranty. For the price this is amazing. Powerful and will really change the way you look at lighting
(although slow to recharge between shots on full strength), easy to use controls. Takes AA batteries so be sure to get some rechargeables! It stands a little tall when mounted, but it will definitely do the job