How to make mixed-brand speedlights work together

Peter Fenech
Before: With only a single off-camera flash it can be difficult to control shadows and add secondary lighting effects (Image credit: Future)

It is often the case in photography that we end up building a system of flash equipment that uses just one brand. We might start with a single flashgun, and because camera manufacturers often advocate the use of their own-brand flashes, we continue to amass kit belonging to that same system. This can then become an issue if we swap camera systems, though. 

Some photographers start with a more affordable third-party flash, but as they start to shoot more advanced scenes and invest in a couple of propitiatory units, they end up with a seemingly incompatible mix. 

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Peter Fenech

As the Editor for  Digital Photographer magazine, Peter is a specialist in camera tutorials and creative projects to help you get the most out of your camera, lens, tripod, filters, gimbal, lighting and other imaging equipment.


After cutting his teeth working in retail for camera specialists like Jessops, he has spent 11 years as a photography journalist and freelance writer – and he is a Getty Images-registered photographer, to boot.


No matter what you want to shoot, Peter can help you sharpen your skills and elevate your ability, whether it’s taking portraits, capturing landscapes, shooting architecture, creating macro and still life, photographing action… he can help you learn and improve.