Off camera flash

The Ultimate guide to Off Camera Flash

Well, do you ever see amazing scenery or something that’s a feast to your eyes that you cannot resist from capturing that moment? Definitely yes, we all humans like to capture and store little moments of our life to look at it later and walk down the memory lane.

Photography in the recent times has evolved a lot and has gained much more recognition than earlier. The art of capturing incredible beauty and portraying it in itself is a talent worth recognition.

We see a lot of people who are talented and look for guidance in this field. To help all such budding talents, here is an article about the ultimate guide to off camera flash. We currently live in a society where we see a lot of people being enthusiastic towards photography but do not own all the required equipments.

In all honesty, many of us totally depend on using a mobile phone for the photographs or self portraits., but to those who want to get into professional photography are highly advised to use a DSLR or a professional camera.

IMPORTANCE OF OFF CAMERA FLASH

The camera quality differs from brand to brand based on lens features and megapixels. The lens quality is also a very important factor to look before making the purchase. If you own a good camera from a top brand, the image processing happens smoothly. You are good to go if your camera has the above features. DSLR is a clear winner ultimately because there is no competition withstanding it. There are many cameras available in the market ranging in different prices.

 As a budding photographer, it is important to choose a camera that suits you and the kind of portraits you envision. A stunning view is just not enough to create beautiful pictures. A true photographer finds beauty even in the unexpected locations or creatures. Photography is all about having a creative mind and envisioning things differently than others and each photographer has a different view and approach to things. So it is very important to select a camera which suits your view.

Setting up the background according to the way you portrayed your image is another major aspect. The background may not always be in favorable to you especially if you are someone who is planning for shoots outdoor. The climate and the lighting will always have an impact on your photography and it is important to make sure that the lighting is in right distance to the subject. The three main equipments you’ll require to fire an off camera flash is

  • A camera
  • A speed light
  • A trigger to wirelessly receive the flash.

Canon and Nikon are one of the top brands that rule the photography industry in India. Sony follows by. Nikon termed its flash as Speedlight while canon calls it Speedlite. Both the brands collectively released cameras and flashes recently that don’t actually require a trigger. This is a quite simple process once you start working with.

MANUAL MODE OF OFF CAMERA FLASH

SPEEDLIGHT

There are a lot of methods that trigger the flash mode. Not every flash method supports the TTL flash; few are accessible if it’s only manual. Speedlight being the top on the list, it is flash modes which is wireless it can do any kind of flash, be it Manual or TTL modes. Speedlight has been introduced very recently by canon and Nikon. Not every model of these companies has these available, but a few certain models have been launched separately for TTL and manual flashes.

RADIO TRIGGER AND PC SYNC CORD

Radio Triggers is one of the top methods in off camera flash. Not every radio trigger supports TTL but there are a few exceptions which do. This is a very popular method for outdoor shoots. It works through a transmitter or a receiver that is attached to the hot shoe and it receives signals. This is the mostly used for manual modes and is designed in that comfortable method.

This is again a manual flash and it does not support TTL. This is highly recommended for studio shoots or for events where the camera is in a stationery position. Here the flash or the camera is connected to the PC sync ports or inexpensive adapters are added on to this. So it might be hard for the cameraman to walk around with the flash or PC ports.

OPTICAL SLAVE TRIGGER

 This is one of the simplest ways to flash. It is done manually and all it does is sense the manual light from the camera. It is observed to be the best for indoor shoots and is also designed in a way that there are very less battery concerns comparatively.  This kind of trigger flash is very handy for photographers who like to shoot indoors or for events. All kind of studio flashes are mostly manual and very few support TTL.

TRIGGERING AUTOMATIC TTL MODE OF OFF CAMERA FLASH.

HOT SHOE FLASH:

This kind of hot shoe works through a hot shoe extension cord for one single TTL flash only. Before the shutter disclose, the flash will automatically trigger. With the help of pre flash the system will automatically set a flash level accordingly via the hot shoe. There should be no use of PC cord or any optical trigger or else it will work in manual mode. Nikon usually has leading cables like SC-28 SC-9 or SC-17 as hot shoe cables.

BOUNCE FLASH WITH HOT SHOE FLASH:

This is a kind of flash that uses a Speedlight. It neither falls in off camera flash nor direct flash. The Speedlight is already attached to the camera hot shoe. As soon as the shutter button is triggered, the flash will adjust itself either in manual mode or TTL mode. It is very effective if it is from a ceiling or through a wall. This is considered to be one of the most effective flashes and Bounce Flash is comparatively very easy and simple for photographers to use. Budding photographers may not and it very difficult to use and can have a great learning experience.

FILM CAMERAS

The film cameras usually quench off based on the exposure. They work on real time. The TTL light on film surface in real time usually quench off if the exposure was sufficient. It comes along with a quench pin which helps in controlling the flash. TTLs usually cannot do that as the flash power should be pre set for it to happen automatically or digitally. The cables for TTL flash usually consist 3 pins. Nikon’s Speedlight version consists of AS-10 multiple flash adapter and the SC-17/SC-28/SC-29 hot shoe extension cords are sources with this three pin corrector.

CONCLUSION

Understanding the kind of environment you are in, analyzing the equipments you have and adjusting the lighting according to it plays a major role in photography and it highly impacts your final outcome.

The off camera flash might seem a very difficult process in the beginning but with proper practice, it is one of the easiest techniques to follow for your picture to turn out perfect. Many books have launched in the market which precisely explain the perfect guide to off camera flash.

Though it is not possible for all of you to go through all the books and master this skill, here we are with this article that can help you improvise your techniques.

Apart from just adjusting the lighting, knowing your how all gears fit together and using various portrait lighting patterns plays a major role in clicking dramatic pictures or cool scenarios. The art of photography is incomplete without the perfect blend of all this.

Let us not forget that, Stunning photographs create a stunning impression.

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