Flash photography tips: external flash techniques anyone can understand

    | Photography Tips | 31/10/2012 02:00am

    Flash photography tips: wireless flash


    Review: Flash Wave III RX wireless flash system

    Using two or more flashguns will extend your lighting options considerably. To avoid nasty multiple flash exposure calculations and cumbersome cord connections, the simplest, most effective way to connect several flashguns is via a wireless TTL multi-flash system.

    Nikon and Canon’s wireless TTL flash systems allow up to nine ‘slave’ flashguns to be controlled and fired simultaneously via a ‘master’ flashgun on the camera. The remote slave units can be divided into three distinct groups.

    Flash mode and flash output level compensation values can then be set separately for each group and the master unit. If you want to use all your flashguns remotely you can control them via an infrared flash trigger on the camera’s hotshoe.

    Being able to position several units anywhere up to ten meters from the camera has many benefits. Most importantly, you’ve got the freedom to create natural looking lighting that eliminates shadows and emphasises the subject’s form, texture, tones and colours.

    You can also illuminate dark backgrounds, highlight secondary elements, cast coloured lighting – the possibilities are practically endless.

    Usually, only top-of-the-range flashguns have the ability to control multiple flashguns in a wireless TTL setup. If your flashgun isn’t wireless-enabled, but features a PC cord connection, you can create a cheap and cheerful, non-TTL wireless system by attaching a PC slave flash unit to it.

    This sticks to the top of the flashgun and plugs into the PC socket, allowing the flash to be triggered wirelessly, either by your camera’s built-in flash or an on-camera auxiliary flashgun.

    PAGE 1: Overview of external flash units
    PAGE 2: Off-camera flash
    PAGE 3: Replicate studio lighting with two flashguns
    PAGE 4: Bounce flash techniques
    PAGE 5: White bounce cards
    PAGE 6: Using flash diffusers
    PAGE 7: Wireless flash
    PAGE 8: External flash photography cheat sheet


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    Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 at 2:00 am under Photography Tips.

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