This is the optimum way to fire multiple flashes off-camera

Multiple lights were used for this portrait: one for the main light on the model, another for the hair light through the smoke. (Image credit: Brian Worley)

Speed lights are used to illuminate subjects in the dark, but this is only the most basic way to work. Once the flash is taken off-camera, the position of the light becomes important – and the notion that other lights are used to accentuate other parts of the scene is helpful, too. 

With multiple flashes, you need to decide how to control the lights. A sender unit on the camera gives freedom to control several flashes separately using groups. Whichever method you choose, it is always good to build lighting setups one light at a time. 

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