If you want to capture different and individual flash photos you need to take your flash off camera and position it elsewhere. Moving the flash around the subject allows you to light it from different positions, angles and viewpoints, which gives a lot more scope for different lighting effects and creativity. If you want to take your flash off camera there are two ways to make sure it fires when you press the shutter button to take the shot:-
The first way of firing the flash is to use an off camera flash cord, and whilst this is the cheapest method, doesn’t require any batteries, has no chance of failing and also easy to set up this method is cumbersome, awkward and the trailing wires often get in the way.
The second way of firing the flash is to use some wireless flash triggers, and whilst this is more expensive, requires batteries and is a little more awkward to set up it is by far the best method.
Wireless flash triggers relies on a lot of technology to work, and there was a time when this technology was damn expensive. Well, things have moved on, technology has moved on and it has also become a lot cheaper. Back in the day, when the technology was new Pocket Wizards were one of the few wireless flash trigger manufacturers – and Pocket Wizard triggers were stupidly expensive.
Even though the cost of the technology in wireless flash triggers has significantly fallen, Pocket Wizard triggers are still damn expensive, and now too expensive. There are some new players in the market making wireless flash triggers that are far more affordable and within the budget of most photographers.
Whilst looking for some wireless flash triggers I stumbled across the Yongnuo 622 flash triggers which are Chinese made flash triggers, and I have to admit that I was a little skeptical. I mean there was a time when Chinese made goods and products were cheap, nasty, inferior and not fit for purpose.
Despite my reservations the cost of the Yongnuo 622 flash triggers were so cheap I had to take a punt and ordered some to test out. After trying out the 622 flash triggers it soon became clear that times have changed and whilst Chinese made goods and products are still cheap, they are far from nasty, definitely not inferior and more than capable of doing the job they were intended for.
When I first opened the box and looked at the Yongnuo 622 flash triggers the first thing that struck me was the build quality, which was superb. The triggers felt well made, looked well-made, and now I have had a chance to use them I can confirm they are well made. I have been using the 622 triggers for a few years now and they are still working as good today as the day I bought them.
The 622 flash triggers are super simple to set up and since each unit can be a transmitter or a receiver, you don’t even have to keep the trigger for the camera separate for the trigger from the flash. Simply attach one 622 trigger in to the hot shoe, push the switch to tx (transmit), attach the other 622 to the bottom of the flash, push the switch to rx (receive) and you’re good to go. Now how simple is that.
The Yongnuo 622 flash triggers support manual flash and also TTL flash, which makes them perfect for any situation. A lot of my flash photography is done using TTL mode, therefore it was crucial any flash trigger I used supported this feature. The TTL mode is reliable and works on each and every shot. I had read some wireless flash triggers had misfiring issues, however I have never experienced any problems with my Yongnuo 622 triggers misfiring, and I mean never.
I am now a total convert to Chinese made goods and products, and I now firmly believe that Chinese made goods and products now offer the best bang for the buck, and the big boys and major players in the market need to be careful.
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