Flash tr iggers
When flash is used off-camera you need some way to trigger it from the camera: here are the options
Creative Lighting System
Nikon’s Creative Lighting system is effective and versatile (see the previous page), but it has some disadvantages, principally cost and range. You’d need to invest heavily in Speedlights to get the same level of power as pro flash systems, and the infrared communication is limiting.
This is the system used by most studio flash. Each flash head has a sensor which is triggered instantaneously by the flash from another unit – the ‘master’. This means you only need to connect one flash to the camera because this flash will then trigger the rest.
Even with optical triggering you need to connect at least one flash directly to the camera. The simplest way is with a traditional flash sync cable that plugs into a socket on the camera. Pro Nikons have this built in, but you can get inexpensive hotshoe adaptors for other Nikon models.
This is the most popular option among professionals, especially those who shoot with flash outdoors. The PocketWizard range is held in high regard, though it’s not particularly cheap and there are more affordable alternatives from makers like Hähnel and Phottix.