Unveiled at last year’s DEMA Show, the Backscatter Mini Flash 2—the follow-up to the already hugely popular Mini Flash—has been taking the underwater macro photography world by storm. The arrival of the MF-2 saw upgrades to existing functionality as well as significant new features: a focus light upgrade (from 500 to 1,000 lumens), a battery upgrade (from the 18650 to the much more powerful 21700 battery), the addition of TTL automatic flash exposure for Olympus cameras, a new high speed sync (HSS) mode, and last but not least, the ability to remotely trigger an off-camera MF-2 with the mounted MF-2—and even change the power level of the off-camera strobe remotely.
With the Mini Flash 2 having become rather a sophisticated strobe, Backscatter has anticipated that folks will likely need a little help setting up the MF-2 with their camera and using the strobe in different shooting scenarios, so they are hard at work producing a handy how-to guide for new users. The guide is divided into parts, and the first part, which is out now, is all about using the Mini Flash 2 with that most popular of compact cameras, the Olympus TG-6.
Helmed by Media Producer Robin Dodd, the excellent new video covers everything TG-6 shooters need to know about hooking up and shooting with an MF-2 (or two)—from simple macro shots to creative work using backlighting and side-lighting, snoots and colored filters. Robin throws in some handy “pro tips” along the way and also highlights the various accessories you can add to your system to achieve the coolest effects. The video nicely demonstrates how Backscatter has managed to produce a strobe with advanced features that is still easy to use.
Watch Part 1 below or check out Backscatter’s full how-to guide to the Mini Flash 2, which also includes a downloadable PDF guide to settings (camera and strobe), manuals, and more useful videos. (We’re currently having a good play with a pair of MF-2s, so make sure to keep an eye out for our comprehensive review of the Mini Flash 2 on DPG soon!)
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