Studio Flash Advice

11 posts
5 Dec 2016
Nemesis
Photographer
Nemesis
I have a set of Bowens Gemini 500's (2) but want a 3rd fill in light, will any flash head work with these? ie flash along with them? don't need it to be a 500 and can be a cheaper light, I take it if they flash on activation of the first one then all should sync automatically? Thanks in advance..

Posted 5 Dec 2016
cgwebster
Photographer
cgwebster
Anything with an optical trigger will work. You can even get something like this to trigger a speedlight

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEAGULL-SYK-3-Hot-Shoe-Flash-Light-Remote-Optical-slave-Trigger-for-Canon-Nikon-/371041482724?hash=item5663cbb7e4:g:ZMkAAOSww9VXhba8



Posted 5 Dec 2016
Edited by cgwebster 5 Dec 2016
Nemesis
Photographer
Nemesis
Fantastic thank you, I tried syncing two 580EX IIs before to no avail.. I will try one of those to see how it goes.. Thanks again..

Posted 5 Dec 2016
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
In general you can't sync TTL flash units like the 580s with studio flash, partly because of their pre-flash that'll trigger the studio lights but also their infra-red communication between each other and the camera can trigger the studio flash also (as most are IR as well as visible light sensitive).

If you do want to use speedlights with studio flash, you need to run them in full-manual mode and preferably trigger everything with radio triggers to avoid these various issues.

Also bear in mind however that speedlights can be different colour temperature than the light from studio flash (In my experience they markedly cooler).

Posted 5 Dec 2016
Nemesis
Photographer
Nemesis
Thanks matey, I used to have a cheap set of Pro Lines which I could have experimented with however they blew.. More than just the bulbs too..

I will look out for a cheap second hand light for now just so I can also backlight hair..

Posted 5 Dec 2016
eosfan
Photographer
eosfan
I can sell you a pair of mint condition Gemini 400s with stands/umbrellas for £400 including personal delivery.

Dave

Posted 5 Dec 2016
Nemesis
Photographer
Nemesis
Dave Thanks matey, can't really afford it just now though sorry.. otherwise I would be in there like swimwear..
Posted 5 Dec 2016
Dave@studio99
Photographer
Dave@studio9..
Try one of these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yongnuo-YN-560-Speedlite-Olympus-Cameras/dp/B00PIIRO1C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481378231&sr=8-1&keywords=yongnuo+560 I have one,it's fully manual and has it's own built in slave cell to trigger the flash.

Posted 10 Dec 2016
Nemesis
Photographer
Nemesis
Excellent, thanks never thought of those, I know where I can borrow some....

Posted 10 Dec 2016
DougRossPhotographic
Photographer
DougRossPhot..
Good Luck and hope you manage to work something out.

Posted 15 Dec 2016
Nemesis
Photographer
Nemesis
Thanks Doug

Posted 15 Dec 2016
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