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.
and another excellent tutorial by a young photographer on Camcrunch
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!