Off-camera flash: how to stop fearing your flashgun and take control of lighting

Lighting portraits with off-camera flash

Shoot with off-camera flash using cords

Shoot with off-camera flash using cords: step 1

Choosing a cord
An off-camera cord is a coiled cable that enables you to use a dedicated flashgun remotely. Cords made by camera manufacturers tend to be expensive (£50 or more) and short (60cm in the case of this Canon one). Third-party options are cheaper and longer.

 

Shoot with off-camera flash using cords: step 2

Keep it tight
When attaching the flash cord, make sure the flashgun is pushed fully onto the hotshoe extension, and likewise the other end on the camera. The best off-camera cords provide locks at both ends to keep the contacts in place.

 

Shoot with off-camera flash using cords: step 3

Lighting stands
A lighting stand or tripod enables you to position the flash precisely. Ensure the tripod is secure when using short flash cables: it’s easy to find yourself working at the cord’s full extension one minute, then pulling the tripod over the next….

PAGE 1: Common questions about off-camera flash
PAGE 2: Shoot with off-camera flash using cords
PAGE 3: Adding texture with off-camera flash
PAGE 4: Improve your vertical shots with off-camera flash
PAGE 5: Lighting portraits with off-camera flash

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