January 25th, 2016
This is a guest post by Walt Simpson of Orlando, Florida.
Recently I discovered a technique using some new triggers. I currently shoot with a Nikon D800 and use the Godox/Neewer TT850 Flashes and ST-16s transmitter/receivers. Neewer TT850 *LI-ION BATTERY* Flash Speedlite with FT-16S Wireless Flash Triggers And LI-ION BATTERY Car Charger.
This is a great system because you can remotely control the flash level of your individual flashes from the camera. I typically use 4 flashes and if I have one perched on a second-floor balcony or in a distant room it is extremely efficient at reducing walking back and forth to adjust the flash strength. This also has a GREAT battery system. No more AA’s and constant recharging. Battery life on these LI batteries at least 4 times better than I get with AA’s in my SB-800s.
Recently I saw an ad for a new iTTL trigger from Godox/Neewer that worked in conjunction with these flashes and supported high-speed sync. This is the new trigger that I bought.
At $50 for 2 triggers, it was worth the risk. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this worked out. I recently shot a couple of properties that I was stuck at the 250 sync speed limit. I popped on the new trigger and set my flashes to HSS. I have included 2 examples showing the results.
The first was a small kitchen with an ocean view. Obviously, the view was critical to this shot. I was able to set my camera shutter to 1/3200 and the sync worked fine with no black bars in the image. The second shot of the pool through the sliders was shot at 1/800. This allowed me to not blow out the windows and curtain shears.
The limitation with this setup is that with the new Cells II trigger I lose the capability to adjust the flash level of the remote triggers. Small price to pay.