Shoot with off-camera flash using cords
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.
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.
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….
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