More i-TTL Pictures with Yongnuo YN-465

I was asked to post more pictures taken in i-TTL mode with the YN465 so I used it more often than I’d normally do in the hot shoe of my Nikon D90 and not off camera. What I have here now is images with direct flash, fill flash and bounced flash. This post is an extension of the i-TTL review of the Yongnuo 465.

Fill flash

The first image is straight out of cam from the JPG and only resized (ISO 100, 1/200 sec, f11, auto WB). The highlight in the eyes is very small but you can tell from the hard shadow under the chin that flash was used. For the second image I applied an S-curve to make it look a bit more vivid.

Yongnuo YN-465 Fill Flash Straight OOC

Yongnuo YN-465 Fill Flash S-curve applied

Here is another example of fill flash, shot at ISO 100, 1/200 sec in shutter priority and f9. Again, quite a nice mix of ambient and flash in my opinion.

Yongnuo YN465 Fill Flash with Nikon D90

White balance

I shoot with auto white balance normally on the Nikon D90 and switch to other presets only if necessary (e.g. for tungsten light). All pictures shown here on this page are with auto white balance too, and the combination Nikon-Yongnuo is doing a good job in most cases. The first picture was taken with auto WB which decided for 4950K (1/200 sec, f7.1, ISO 200). I looked through the WB presets in the Nikon ViewNX software and liked the result best with the ‘Direct sunlight’ setting with 5200K – close to what the camera decided for.

Yongnuo YN-465 Auto WB with Nikon D90

The second example shows the rare case of inconsistency in white balance. For the first shot AWB chose 5150K, second picture with AWB deciding for 5800. These 2 images represent kind of an extreme case of white balance difference between consecutive shots. The first photo (i.e. the left side) is also a little bit overexposed (camera used f7.1 for the left shot, f9 for the right one, both ISO 200).

Yongnuo YN465 AWB Differences

In all but rare situations though I am able to achieve very consistent results shot after shot so the example above is the exception. See here mini versions of a series of 4 shots taken in a row (all ISO 200, 1/60 sec, f2.8):

Yongnuo YN-465 example picture series i-TTL

I have set my D90 to neutral values for sharpness and contrast, and sample images that I post here are always unedited versions normally. For the shots above I would apply an S-curve to make them a bit more vivid for my own taste. Here’s is a quick and dirty version of a more contrasty variant of the same shots:

Yongnuo YN-465 i-TTL sample series with curve applied

Bounced flash

And here is now a shot where the speedlight was used as indirect flash in the camera hot shoe. It was pointed backwards against a white wall and from previous shooting in manual mode I knew the strobe was close to its maximum output, so I set the camera to ISO 400. Again, this is an un-edited shot (f4, 1/60 sec, auto WB), I’d add more contrast and sharpness in an edited version, but this here is based on the JPG out of the cam and only resized:

Yongnuo YN-465 i-TTL Wall Bounce

More YN465 information

Don’t miss out on the complete 6 page review of the i-TTL and E-TTL enabled 465 model from Yongnuo:

Where to buy the YN-465

Yongnuo products can be found on eBay: see all YN-465 offers here for the best prices and check warranty conditions.

An option – if listed currently – is to buy direct from the manufacturer store on eBay, where it normally comes with a 1-year warranty.

amazon is another good source for Yongnuo products; compare the availability and purchase price there.

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3 Responses to More i-TTL Pictures with Yongnuo YN-465

  1. Ben says:

    Thanks so much for sharing all this information, so good!!

  2. Joze says:

    Thank you for both review articles. Certainly the best description of the unit and comparison to NIKON original SB-600, 800, 900. Today, I have just received Yongnuo Speedlite YN-465, tested it, and found all you wrote in articles as very very useful information. I am very happy with the performance of the flash. For the time being I do not need any better. It costed me 66 € with customs and delivery expenses.

  3. JuanChanTun says:

    Hey, great review of this unit. It helped me decide and did end up buying it. I find myself using it like for most of my shooting as bounce or fill in flash outdoors. I shoot i-ttl and I do need to keep an eye on exposure results & ocassionally adjust camera flash exposure.

    But for the price, it’s just great. Thanks for all the info on it.

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