but the more you spend time setting up your manual flash + cam settings, the less you will have time to shoot creatively.
Btw, I love your shot composition using the UWA above, I was actually aiming for the cheaper EFS 10-18mm while I'm familiarizing myself with such wide angles before spending more on higher end UWA's, however, these new piece of equip is so in demand, it was already out of stock from CMP in a matter of 3 months!
In Portrait you have the alternative to use available light when shooting outdoor, and sometimes 1 flash + 1 big reflector would also be sufficient (just use them very creatively). I remember in the past when I was still exploring Strobing that 1 flash with diffusor + reflector was sufficient for me doing outdoor shootings and even food / product photography. Later on the more you learn about lighting, you will know exactly what u need... more fill light, hairlight etc... and then you will automatically buy more flashes. and then you will know what light modifiers you need.
Indeed my case as well. When I first tried shooting portraits with 1 flash setup, it definitely gave more depth and clarity than only depending on ambient light. Only problem with manual flashes is that it has no HSS capability, so it's definitely very difficult to use with a very wide aperture under a bright overcast or sunny day without using any filter to stop down light.
So its up to you what weighs more importance. For me, a good ETTL flash with some modifiers would be great, and I would set this as priority (including stand etc.) when u make some money out of it. ex. Yongnuo 568ex with HSS capability, and when u buy the affordable transceiver YN 622c would be a great combination. if its pure hobby related, and your passion is more about landscape, then I'd suggest to invest in a very good UWA lens, the wider open the better (keep in mind that UWA lenses are also suitable for events).
I'm glad I got my decision right! I just recently purchased a YN568EX II (ttl with HSS for a cheaper price) paired with YN-622C's, though still deciding which diffuser to get aside from the umbrella i currently have. I will definitely follow your advise regarding which UWA's to acquire, though I can't promise I'd stick with canon. And yes, I got inspired with event photos that were taken using UWA's and their awesome! Can't wait to get one once I earn enough with the ttl flash. ;D
I greatly appreciate your outputs master! Thank you for sharing! It was very inspiring indeed. Definitely I could relate to your experiences, i got goosebumps while reading it! (seriously).
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