How to choose a Speedlite?

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A speed-lite, also is known as the camera flash or speed-light, is one of the most important accessories that every person who loves photographing must have. The main purpose of the speed-lite is to provide more light whenever the background on which you are taking photographs becomes dark. For this reason, even when it is dark, and you require taking photographs, it will be easier, and also the speed-lite provides balanced exposure when there is a lot of light, especially during the day. For this reason, even if you are using other sources of light, the speed-lite can control them.

Image 1: Speedlite for canon

When you are buying a speed-lite, you must be very keen to ensure that whatever you buy fits your needs. For this reason, you must ensure that you have well researched the important factors or features that you should look for are the speed-lite that you ought to buy. The following article is about how to choose a speed-lite.

1. Find out the mode of operation of the speed-lite

When it comes to choosing a speed-lite, you must ensure that you check on the mode of operation of that speed-lite. This is because some speed-lite can be operated in different modes, yet you have the chance to select the type of operation mode that suits you. The mode of the speed-lite works by determining how the brightness needs to be set. The following are some of the operational modes of the speed-lite:

  • Automatic mode

One of the modes of operation of the speed-lite is the automatic mode. In this mode, the speed-lite and the camera determine the amount of flash power that is required and also sets the brightness.

  • Manual mode

The other mode of operation of the speed-lite that you need to consider is the manually operated speedlites. Most of the speedlites are manually operated, and hence you will require to control the brightness or the flash power. This kind of speedlites is perfect whenever you are taking photographs or videos of portrait pictures and inanimate objects.

  • Group mode

The other mode of operation is the group mode operation. The group mode of operation enables you to control both the automatic and manually operated speedlites.

2. Check on the power of the flash

The flashes in different Speed-lite have different power. Some speedlites have less power than the others. This is why you will need to check on the power that the speed-lite has before you buy the speed-lite.  The power of the flash will determine the distance that can cover. For this reason, you must ensure that you buy a speed-lite that can cover more, meaning that it needs to have much flash power.

3. Consider the brand of the speed-lite

The other important thing that you must consider is the brand of the speed-lite you want to purchase.  This is because there are so many brands of speed-lite that you could consider buying. In case you are not purchasing the speed-lite from a shop, ensure that you check keen on the brand of the speed-lite. This is because there are brands of speedlites that are similar to speedlites but are not the original brands of these speedlites.

Image 2: Speedlite for canon

4. Find out whether the speedlites are durable

One of the worst things that you would do is investing in speedlites that will not last for a long time. You must be sure of the actual time that you can use the speed-lite before purchasing it. This is because some speedlites will have a short flash life, while others will last longer. This is why you need to research the longevity of the speed-lite and also the length of time you could use it.

5. Find out whether the speed-lite is flexible

Some speedlites cannot since they are fixed in nature. You must ensure that you find out whether the speed-lite you are buying is flexible so that its head can be tilted, turned to any angle, or moved from one position to the other. The speed-lite that you choose must be flexible.

6. The recycle time of the speed-lite

Some photographers take different images at the same time. When taking these photographs, there is a period the speed-lite takes to shoot one image and the other. This time is called recycle time. You must always ensure that you research the recycle time of the speed-lite that you buy. When you are purchasing the speed-lite, you will be told of its recycle time, which is always measured in seconds.

Dion Lewis
My name is Dion Lewis.

Photography is my life and I have taken it as my profession after my graduation. I am a professional, I almost cover everything from fashion, architecture, editorial topics, and corporate lifestyle. I have worked with clients such as CNN, Alabama State University, Steelcase, LiveStrong, and more. I'm based in Alabama. If you need my service, just feel free to contact me.

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