Off-camera flash No dif­fu­sion, no con­fu­sion

Take your flash off-camera to gain con­trol over the light, add some wire­less trig­gers and then cre­ate a stun­ning por­trait

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When we get started in pho­tog­ra­phy, we all buy the es­sen­tials: a camera body, a stan­dard zoom lens, and

maybe a tri­pod. Then we start snap­ping away and learn­ing about the camera. But (in our opin­ion) 90 per cent of pho­tog­ra­phy is not about find­ing the right sub­ject, or even get­ting the com­po­si­tion spot-on: it’s ac­tu­ally about learn­ing how light – its qual­ity, po­si­tion, in­ten­sity and colour – can trans­form a shot.

If you’ve only been work­ing with nat­u­ral light lately, here’s a chance to dust off your flash­gun, get some cheap wire­less flash trig­gers and put your flash­gun to work. Fol­low our sim­ple steps to achieve a moody and dra­matic por­trait.

Step 1

At­tach your wire­less trig­gers to your camera and flash. We picked up some Neewer trig­gers for just £10/$20. The trans­mit­ter sits on your camera’s hot­shoe and sends a sig­nal when the shut­ter is ac­ti­vated. The re­ceiver sits un­der the flash and trig­gers it when it re­ceives the sig­nal.

Step 2

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Step 3

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Step 4

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