OK, so I finally am getting my feet wet with off camera flash. Amazon delivered a pair of Neewer NW910 speedlights, a pair of Godox 47" umbrella softbox's, 2 Godox speedlight S-clamps, and have them standing on 10' neewer stands... The wireless is powered by Meike MK-R10N
So, I am thoroughly confused now, I set up one of these at set the height to 5 feet and aimed it down at 45 degree angle with a pair of kids shoes 5 feet from the based (I measured distance from shoes to the softbox panel itself at 5 feet also... no matter what I did I kept getting extremely inconsistent results and became more and more confused as I went through!
When setting the flash to manual 1/1 almost every single shot was just solid black... didn't matter what shutter speed I set it to (I also played around with ISO from 100 to 1600 to no avail) I tested most of the shots at f/8 through f/11 since I expected those would be the apertures I would want to use when doing these kind of shots most likely..
When setting the speedlight to TTL mode the results were interesting as well, at times I would get decently exposed pictures, never properly exposed but usually underexposed but still decent... the only way I got well exposed shots were to put the shoes on a pedestal barely a foot away from the center of the panel... or to bump the ISO up to 800 or 1600....
I tried every shutter speed from 1/60 through 1/200 on my D750 and am flummoxed... was I expecting too much from this speedlight and softbox setup? Should I have setup 2 of them to get a better idea of the lighting?
I know I am all over the map with this right now and have no pictures to show but I am so lost that I thought I should at least ask here since the results for me felt underwhelming! I shall return later to check up on the thread but this weekend will have me shuttling off through several of my daughter's dance, sports, and modeling events... thanks in advance for any helpful hints tips or direction!