Flash Triggers

Most people you will see with a speed light or off camera flash always seem to have their flash hanging off the camera. They connect the flash directly to the hot show of the camera. I also did this for years, I didn’t know of any better way.

Now I know from years of studying flash and the way that light falls off of our subject we need to get the flash off the camera and place it on angles. This will allow us to create different lighting effects.

There are a few ways we can get the flash off the camera. We are going to only concentrate on one for this column.

We are talking about flash triggers. Flash triggers come in many shapes and sizes and yes prices. So where do you start in your quest to find the perfect trigger? I am glad you asked.

If you go the cheapest rate, which I did this once. You will find triggers that work, sometimes. This means I was experiencing a lot of misfires. If you ever want to make a client upset, get them in the perfect pose and have your flash not fire. Also makes you look really like an amateur. This is not to say you have to buy the most expensive, pocket wizards. You need to find the middle of the road.

My triggers I go to most of the time is Impact triggers I bought from BH Photo Video, they are the only company that carries them. I have also heard really good things about Yongnuo. My next set of triggers I am ordering soon is the new Yongnuo YN-622N. These triggers allow is to shoot off camera and high speed sync, more on that later.

If you are going to buy any new triggers please don’t forget to use my Amazon link before you order: My Amazon Link.


Photography Lighting

When we talk about photography we really can’t leave out one important component “LIGHT”. I know you are yelling, “You can shoot pictures with no light!” We would be talking about another form of photography.

When we talk about light I like to classify photography lighting into three categories.

  1. Natural Lighting (Sun)
  2. Available Lighting (Room Lights fall into this category.)
  3. Artificial Lighting (Flash, Continues)

When you begin to take pictures you need to learn in steps about lighting. Remember as with anything you need to crawl before you walk and you need to walk before you can run. Learn to shoot with each lighting style that you have.




Using Speed Lights For Photography

In photography the most important aspect is light. If you don’t have light you will not and can not make a photograph. A lot of people go out and buy studio strobe as I did when they want to begin adding flash to their bag of tricks.

Studio strobes are nice but I don’t like being tied down to a AC plug. I want to be able to take my flashes with me no matter where I go. I want to introduce lighting even when I am shooting outside. For those of you who have never shot with flash outside in the day light you need to learn this little magic. It allows you to shoot no matter where the sun is and no matter what time of day it is.

To use flash you have to understand how to get your flash off the camera. To do this buy a low cost light stand from Amazon, also pick up a speed light flash bracket for the light stand the last item is wireless triggers. I would recommend Yougnuo triggers, they are lower cost and work great.

When you begin using flash with your photography and if you tell anyone you read this blog, please get your flash off of your camera! Never shoot with the speed light on the camera. Even if you buy a flip flash to get your flash above the camera is better then putting your flash directly on the hot shoe.

Flash Kit

Photography Flash

If you are reading these posts then you know I like to write about technology and photography. Today’s post is leaning towards to photography side of things.

I was talking to a friend yesterday who is just getting into flash photography. Flash is any type of photography light that acts as a strobe. With that said this can either be a speed light or a studio strobe. It really depends on what you are shooting or maybe even more so where you are shooting.

I tend to use speed lights because of the way I shoot. I tend to be more on the road or out doors on location. I like that they are light weight and portable. I also don’t have to worry about plugging them in. A studio strobe allows to shoot long sessions and never worry about changing batteries.

We will dig into more flash topics later on this site. The main thing I can tell you about beginning the use of flash is to practice and practice. Take a lot of pictures you will be happy you did.

Speed Light