Using off-camera flash is consistently one of the most challenging aspects of photography that we hear from readers. To help you along, we spoke to our trusted experts to find the three easiest ways to fire your flash remotely.
01 Off-camera lead
The simplest way to fire a flash away from the camera is to use a lead that fits between the flash hotshoe and the flashgun. You can still use all of your camera’s automatic features, but the off-camera flash positions will be limited by the length of the lead.
02 Radio flash triggers
As long as you are happy to use your camera’s Manual exposure mode, a radio trigger is one of the cheapest and most convenient ways to take your flash off camera. Basic radio triggers are available for around £25, and will fire the flashgun from around 50 to 100 metres away.
03 Wireless flash
Many SLRs offer built-in wireless flash, so a flash (or commander unit) on the camera will control an off-camera flashgun. On some cameras the built-in flash will work as the ‘commander’ unit, so all you’ll need is a flashgun compatible with the manufacturer’s wireless system. These systems retain almost all of the automatic features of a hotshoe-mounted flash, but can take time to master.
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