The best $65 investment you can make as a photographer

Jun 11, 2023

PJ Pantelis

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

The best $65 investment you can make as a photographer

Jun 11, 2023

PJ Pantelis

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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We almost never have access to perfect natural light in the real world. The difference between a professional and an amateur is that a pro can engineer great lighting anywhere, anytime.

Truthfully the game is rigged and benefits those who know to play it. By learning how to use small flashes, you can level the playing field at any skill level and budget.

This model flash, in particular, is the great equalizer. The Godox TT600 sells for $65US (here on B&H or Amazon). It’s a well-built, well-featured, and reliable flash that is your entry ticket into professional lighting.

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Remote triggers

But by taking a flash meant to be used on camera and learning how to trigger it wirelessly, your options are increased by order of magnitude.

You can change the direction and power, you can change the size and shape, and you can even change the color. It’s like having a portable photography studio in your pocket that runs entirely on AA batteries. You can use a device like a Pocket Wizard or, like me, use the built-in wireless function inside the TT600.

Lastly, you can get a trigger. Remember, different camera brands have different protocols, so make sure to get the right flavor of the TT600:

Tipping the game with modifiers

While a small strobe is the cornerstone of your setup, a few budget-friendly devices can tip the game in your favor. Specifically, diffusion light modifiers. They could be modifiers you place on your strobes, like the softbox below, or even just a 5-in-1 reflector.

Learning more about off-camera strobes

If this kind of advance tickles your curiosity, there are plenty of learning resources online. Strobist 101 is really old, but also one of the most comprehensive learning resources out there. And, of course, we have our share of hot shoe strobe tutorials right here on DIYP.

Conclusion

There are better, more powerful strobes out there, but they are priced accordingly. If you’ve always felt intimidated or priced out of the professional lighting game, buying and learning to use this flash is the best $65 investment you can make as a photographer. It’s also fully compatible with the Godox wireless system and will work flawlessly with all your other flashes as your collection grows.

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PJ is a photographer and educator from Melbourne, Australia, specializing in wedding and portrait photography. You can see more of his work on his website and Instagram page.

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2 responses to “The best $65 investment you can make as a photographer”

  1. St Ooges Avatar
    St Ooges

    So this guy read the strobist? Good.

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      There is a very good chance of that:)