I am posting this about 2 weeks later than the incident, but with the purchase of some new equipment I would like to get some advice and information about what could have gone wrong and how I can prevent it from happening again and/or prepare for a backup plan should I encounter the issue again. This will be a bit long, so bare with me....
I photographed a dog event with a small studio setup, Alienbees 400 plus large umbrella. I used a smaller continuous light softbox behind the subject to minimize harsh shadows, overall this worked out beautifully and the photos turned out perfect with no issues.
I used Yunuo wireless triggers on a T3i, I've had them for about a year now without any issues ever. The Saturday evening after the show I brought my triggers home to recharge the batteries. Sunday when I got to the show and setup for my first photo, I realized I had forgot to set my triggers up, turned everything off, put them in place, but when I turned everything back on to take the photo my strobe went absolutely nuts flashing non stop until I turned it off and unplugged it.. it continued doing this until I left it off for about an hour..
When I turned it back on, it was working normally again, however my triggers weren't syncing like they normally would. I bought 2 different types of brand new batteries, changed the channels, etc. and nothing I did got them to sync back up and be usable.. I ended up having to go to Walmart and buy their cheap fill flash and make that work in place of my strobe, fortunately I made it work and the photos were decent, but not nearly the quality without my strobe.
Does anyone have ANY insight on what may have gone wrong?!
On a second note, I recently acquired a Canon 6D as an upgrade to my T3i and since it's a completely new camera system, I would like to pick some brains and find out what I need to get for affordable wireless options. I'd consider purchasing the Yunuos again, however I'm not 100% sure since I don't understand what may have happened with them. I'd love the pocketwizard, but those are a bit out of my price range I am afraid. Also, is there a sync cord available for the 6D to the Alienbees? I was thinking this might be good to have on hand for a backup should my wireless triggers EVER fail again.. or would you suggest I get two sets of whatever triggers I end up with?
Thanks to all in advance!