CON­TROL EX­TER­NAL UNITS

Ex­tend your flash shot flex­i­bil­ity by trig­ger­ing speed­lights, with­out in­vest­ing in ex­pen­sive third-party trans­mit­ters

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

1 LO­CATE FLASH CON­TROL MENU

Ac­ti­vate your built-in flash and then nav­i­gate to the ded­i­cated flash set­tings menu on your cam­era LcD. At this stage, place your ex­ter­nal flash on a light stand, or at­tach a flash stand to the base of the flash, then place it on a flat sur­face.

2 SET FLASH COM­MAND MODE

To get your in­ter­nal flash to ‘speak’ to the flash units, you’ll have to ac­ti­vate the com­mand mode. From the flash con­trol menu, set wire­less com­mand to On. You may have the op­tion to keep fill flash func­tion­al­ity from the in­ter­nal unit.

3 SET SPEEDLIGHT AS SLAVE

On the ex­ter­nal flash unit, use the LcD to scroll through modes and choose Slave Mode. The on-cam­era flash will now act as a mas­ter, trig­ger­ing the speedlight when the shut­ter is fired. en­sure good line of sight be­tween the cam­era and flash.

4 CHOOSE A CHAN­NEL

As­sign a chan­nel to your flash and en­sure this cor­re­sponds with the cur­rently se­lected chan­nel on your cam­era. This will en­sure your flash will be trig­gered cor­rectly and your work won’t be dis­rupted by other pho­tog­ra­phers work­ing nearby, when shoot­ing an event for ex­am­ple.

5 SE­LECT A FLASH GROUP

If you are us­ing more than one flash and would like to con­trol them all sep­a­rately, as­sign them to groups. This pro­vides the flex­i­bil­ity to have flashes fire in­de­pen­dently and to have dif­fer­ent power set­tings for each (such as when shoot­ing with front, rim and hair lights, for ex­am­ple).

6 CON­TROL FLASH OUT­PUT

When us­ing ded­i­cated flashes – those made by the same man­u­fac­turer as your cam­era – it is al­most al­ways pos­si­ble to con­trol flash out­put wire­lessly, di­rectly from your cam­era. Se­lect a group and ad­just power to vary light pro­duced by each of your ex­ter­nal de­vices.

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