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Off-Camera Flash Photography for Dummies.

Off-Camera Flash Photography for Dummies.

It's now time to move that flash unit that you have on-board your DSLR and move it off your camera.

Many of you have been using your on-board camera flash on your DLSR to shoot portraits of your family and friends. And some have bought a separate flash unit, attached it to your hot-shoe to get a brighter light to reach further into the darkness. All those photos you've shot looks brightly lit, well exposed but looks lifeless. The flash fills in all the dark shadow areas.

Now, it's time to get past that lifelessness and start getting your flash off your camera into a different position. If you haven't invested in a speedlite yet, this is a good time to get one. It doesn't cost much and you'll shoot family portraits a hundred times better.

You do want to have these items below. If you don't have them, you can join other events where you won't need them. Consider these items as an investment to improve your photography, just like you invested in your DSLR to shoot better than your phone camera.

What you'll need:
1. An external flash unit.
2. A stand to hold that flash. Cost-HK$100 to HK$200
3. Optional: An umbrella or softbox to spread that light over a larger area. Cost-HK$100 to HK$300
4. A pair of radio triggers to communicate between the camera and flash. Cost- HK$200 to HK$250
OR use your Nikon Creative Lighting System or CLS.
OR Canon Off Camera Wireless TTL Flash System for your flash.

Watch this video tutorial of the difference between on board flash and off camera flash from Scott Kelby.

http://youtu.be/HyMaY4LCMJE

and another excellent tutorial by a young photographer on Camcrunch

http://youtu.be/-LE2KR5veEU

We will have a few people to show you how to do this. You'll be divided into groups of 4 people and shooting at each other with your own setup. It's important that you bring your own equipment. So save up some cash instead of eating that expensive, cholesterol laden lunch. You'll be glad you did!


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  • Nicolas G.

    Thanks for the organization and thanks Ron for your advices!

    October 6, 2013

  • George

    Nice day, nice meet-up & nice people--thanks everyone and seeya next time!?

    October 6, 2013

  • Rich F.

    brilliant ^^

    October 6, 2013

  • Rex

    Thanks Jason, you are very helpful.

    October 6, 2013

  • Andrew

    Thanks Rich and Ron for organising a fun event.

    2 · October 6, 2013

  • Sara

    great ! good explanations from Ron. I have to train now...

    October 6, 2013

  • Arlene

    Trying to get transportation from my side on a Sunday is like looking for water in the desert. If I'm not there at two, will go looking for you guys at the garden.

    1 · October 6, 2013

    • Vincent

      :( come on time next time guys, it's really good so far!

      October 6, 2013

    • Arlene

      Yes, will do!

      October 6, 2013

  • Rich F.

    We're waiting in a shaded area near the stairs, near the clock tower

    October 6, 2013

    • Kevin K.

      Oh I got it ^^ thanks ~

      October 6, 2013

  • Kevin K.

    I already arrived here. Where r u guys? Already left here ? Or standing for here ?

    October 6, 2013

  • Gazza R.

    I have to drop out. Something came up at work and I'm on my way to California. Catch you all next time...

    October 6, 2013

  • Rex

    I am running late and will see you guys in the garden.

    October 6, 2013

  • Kevin K.

    I have a question. I bring transmitter st-e2, but do I need to buy trigger ? I'm not sure what is different transmitter and trigger.

    October 6, 2013

    • Michael L.

      I should add: make sure both units are compatible with each other.

      October 6, 2013

    • Kevin K.

      Thank u so much Michael

      October 6, 2013

  • Kevin K.

    I have as below.
    Camera : canon 1dx
    Flash : 600EX-RT
    Transmitter : ST-E2

    I'm on my way to tst now. I'm some nervous of this my 1st attending.
    I'm super beginner. :)

    October 6, 2013

  • Matthias

    Sorry, Ron..have to cancel at last moment. Wishing you guys to enjoy the sunshine and see you next time...

    October 6, 2013

    • ron

      No problem, Matthias.

      October 6, 2013

  • ron

    Please do, Mike!

    October 6, 2013

  • Michael L.

    I should be able to come to help.

    October 6, 2013

  • Varun A.

    Hey guys. An out of topic question - i broke my[masked] Canon lens. What are my options? Just the Canon service center or anything else you can suggest?

    October 5, 2013

    • Rich F.

      Buy a new one, or take to sevice cebtre.

      October 5, 2013

    • ron

      The service centre in iSquare is on the 20th floor.

      October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Ron.

    October 4, 2013

  • Arlene

    I have: Nikon d300s, yongnuo467II flash, yongnuo rf-603n triggers

    October 4, 2013

    • ron

      Good ol' Arlene! You're ready to go!

      October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Ron. If i want to get some of the accessories, where do you recommend? Which shop in shamshuipo?

    October 4, 2013

    • ron

      Jacqueline, here's the address where I usually buy my stuff. Fu Li Dat Electronics Limited, G/F, 176 Ap Liu Street, Sham Sui Po.

      October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Noted and thanks!

    October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Ron, I have an off flash, but without all the other accessories mentioned! Should i join the event?

    October 2, 2013

    • ron

      Hi Jacqueline. I checked your profile and saw that you use a Nikon D300. I assume you have a Nikon Speedlight, too. You can use the Nikon CLS to trigger your Speedlight. That, basically, is Off Camera Flash Photography. So yes, come join us and I believe we can help you achieve better flash photography in 1 day!

      1 · October 2, 2013

    • ron

      By the way, this also applies to Canon cameras, too.

      1 · October 2, 2013

  • Michelle C.

    I have:
    camera: canon 6d
    flash: canon speedlite 580ii
    trigger: yongnuo rf-602-c for canon
    but i don't have umbrella or softbox, is that ok?

    October 1, 2013

    • ron

      That's all you need, Michelle. Someone can assist you in holding the flash in position. No, you won't ne ed an umbrella or softbox.

      October 1, 2013

  • Daniel O.

    My gear is as follows -
    Nikon D300 DSLR
    Nikon Speedlight SB[masked]" white umbrella
    Light Stand
    Phottix Umbrella and flash brackets.
    Equipment tested and ready.
    Looking forward to meeting you all.

    October 1, 2013

  • VM

    Silver umbrella you meant to say the one side black and one side silver or the white one (both side) ?

    September 30, 2013

    • ron

      Yes, both can be used. Bring them both if you want to. Silver side gives a roughly 150 degree coverage, good for shooting groups of people.

      1 · September 30, 2013

    • VM

      Thanks Rich & Ron. My equipment is read!!!
      Testing of every equipment is ready as well :)
      Flash - Yongnuo YN560 II Speedlite
      Triggers - Yongnuo 603C for Canon
      Stand & brackets to hold flash as well as umbrella
      a white umbrella
      Canon 6D.
      So I am all set to look forward for the session :)

      September 30, 2013

  • Sara

    My equipment :
    Flash - Canon 430EX II
    Triggers - Yongnuo 603C for Canon
    Umbrella silver
    Camera - Canon

    September 30, 2013

    • Rich F.

      Cool! ^^

      September 30, 2013

    • Sara

      I forgot to mention it. I got thrm ;-)

      September 30, 2013

  • Kevin K.

    I want to learn how to take photo well.

    September 29, 2013

    • jason f.

      Would you be so kind as to post what gear you are brining to the event? This will help people like Ron to have a better sense of where everybody is in terms of ability. If you do have your own gear, you will have much more freedom to experiment and learn. ... ....

      The fact is that, it will be much more difficult for Ron, myself, or the other helpful souls out there to help you if you don't have the right equipment.

      September 29, 2013

    • ron

      Jason, I think we won't spend time any time in solving technical problems. If they have the wrong equipment like incompatible flash or triggers, and they don't work, we'll move on to the next.

      September 30, 2013

  • ron

    Attendees, please do test your equipment at home many, many times before the event. Be certain that they work as advertised.
    This event is to show you how to solve the mystery of off camera flash photography and get good results. Hence the name, " ...for dummies!".
    This event is not to trouble shoot the problems of why your equipment doesn't work.
    That's the reason why we wanted to know what equipment you're bringing when we posted this question 2 weeks ago on 17th September.

    2 · September 29, 2013

  • ron

    Hi Everyone,
    I went shopping with one of our members today to buy a complete set for off-camera flash photography. A nice shopping day in Sham Shui Po! This is what she bought.

    1. Spring cushioned stand - HK$158
    2. Silver umbrella - HK$99
    3. 1 set of sync triggers - HK$210
    4. Umbrella mounting bracket - HK$55
    5. Flash mounting bracket -HK$20
    6. Yongnuo YN560 II Speedlite (guide no. 58) - HK$450
    Total cost = HK$992

    We checked 2 shops to compare prices and tested the equipment first. The Yongnuo Speedlite even had sockets for PC Sync and external battery pack connector. Good for faster recharging cycle rate.

    2 · September 19, 2013

    • VM

      Ron, Can you tell me which shop in Sham Shui Po?

      September 29, 2013

    • jason f.

      All of the camera accessory stores along apliu street got it all. Exit A2. Ying kee trading is one example but there are plenty. Prices might vary a few dollars but should be consistent.

      1 · September 29, 2013

  • George C

    Won't be around that day. Really too bad ! I have been wanting to learn flash photography for a while. Hopefully, Ron you will organise another session like this again soon :-)

    September 17, 2013

    • ron

      There'll be a few more before the year is out, George. Get your equipment ready!

      September 17, 2013

  • ron

    My equipment:
    Flash - Canon 430EX II
    Triggers - Yongnuo 603C for Canon
    Soft Box - Phottix 24" X 36"
    Camera - Canon

    By the way Jason, they won't be using flash on the camera. This event is to get the flash off-camera! But most cameras have an on-board flash that can trigger the off camera flash. It's in the camera manual, guys.

    September 17, 2013

  • jason f.

    My equipment: fuji x100, Phottix stratos II radio triggers, Yongnu 560.
    (I highly recommend the Yongnu flash guns for off camera. Cheap and easy. The 460 is a cheaper alternative. If you plan to use your flash on the camera, it would be better to purchase a real flash from your camera maker.)
    Strobist.blogspot.com is a great resource.

    September 17, 2013

  • jason f.

    For those choosing to attend, could they please post their equipment that they'll be bringing. This will help the organizers see where people are at and see how much equipment they need. This will also give people the chance to purchase equipment needed for this event.

    1 · September 17, 2013

  • ron

    Don't just click 'Attending'. Please take the time to read and understand what this Event is about. And watch the videos.

    September 16, 2013

  • ron

    Those who just RSVP'd for this event, please get some off camera flash equipment. They're not expensive. We won't be sharing equipment. This event is to show how to use them if you have. If you don't have, you can come and watch only. Sorry!

    1 · September 16, 2013

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