Shanny Speedlights in the Studio

If you missed my First Glace post on the Shanny speedlights take a quick look at it, before reading today’s post. Or not. As I’ve said many times this is not a “my way or the highway blog.”

The Shanny SN600EX-RF for Canon ($199.99) is a transceiver speedlight that is both a transmitter and receiver. The flash has all the same functions as the ($149.95) SN600SC but adds a wireless feature with 15 channels and 3 groups with high-speed sync up to 1/8000 sec. A Nikon version, SN910EX-RF is also available. But what if you don’t shoot Nikon or Canon? Or want to use these powerful (G&N 197 at ISO 100) speedlights in the studio. That’s what my friend Cliff Lawson and I decided to do recently.


For this setup we used the Shanny SN600EX-RF with a 24-inch Chimera Octa 2 Collapsible Beauty Dish placed at camera left and with a front diffuser in place so it acted more like an Octabox. The second speedlight was attached to a 30-inch silver umbrella serving as fill. Background was Savage Universal’s Celebration Lights Printed Background Paper. The speedlights were tripped by a Pocket Wizard PlusX using the cord provided with it. (You can see it hanging from its cord in the above shot.) The main speedlight was tripped using its built-in optical slave, both features showing the versatility of the Shanny speedlights.

chloe.blueChloe is seated on my not-official posing stool and with both Shanny speedlights set at one-quarter power, producing a classical lighting ration of 3:1. You can read more about lighting ratios here. Camera used was a Panasonic Lumix Gh4 with Lumix G Vario 14-45/F3.5-5.6 lens (at45mm.) Exposure was 1/125 sec at f/7.1 and ISO 200.

There is more to come on these amazing and affordable speedlights, including a post on our sister site—Mirrorless Photo Tips—plus one about using the SN600EX-RF in a traditional way—attached to Canon digital SLRs.Screen Shot 2016-03-26 at 9.13.43 AM


For some more tips, tricks and techniques on creating studio lighting effects without spending the big bucks on gear, pick up a copy of my book “Studio Lighting Anywhere” from Amazon or your local camera store.

Author: Joe Farace

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