23 Speedlight Setups to Try This Year

While the rage may be LED lights and very portable strobes, it is still hard to beat the ease and simplicity of good old speedlights. Most of us have at least one, if not more in our camera bag, and I always carry two of them with me whenever I’m shooting. So, why not dust off those speedlights and brush up on some great ways to use them with this great video?

This video from Damien Lovegrove is 2 1/2 hours of speedlight photography, but don’t let the duration stop you from watching it. Whether you are new to photography and have just one speedlight that you aren’t quite sure what to do with or you're a seasoned photographer looking for inspiration, this video is well worth watching. The video is from several years ago, so some of the wireless technology Lovegrove references is dated, but the same principals still apply for using speedlights today. The video goes into 23 different setups from very basic with an almost run and gun approach to more complex configurations with softboxes and multiple flashes.

After watching the video, I found myself thinking of different ways I could use my existing speedlights other than a last resort light source I carry in my camera bag. Over the winter, I’ve been developing some shoots outside for the warmer months, and after watching the video, I think I’m going to challenge myself to incorporate some speedlights into a couple of the shoots. 

Do you still love your speedlights? Why not share some of your favorite speedlight shots!

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Paulo Juarez's picture

"...but the same [principles] still apply for using speedlights today." :)

Jerry Norman's picture

Very interesting and informative. I'm enjoying watching an episode or two a day. Anybody know what the swivel connector thingy is that he uses to connect the Flex/Flash assembly to the light stand?

Simon Carter's picture

It's partly his own design. You could acquire the components elsewhere and put them together yourself; unfortunately I don't have links to the parts any more.

... and I just checked his lighting web store. He seems to have completely moved over to constant lights and isn't selling any speedlite stuff any more ...

Shame, because it's a really useful gadget.

Jerry Norman's picture

Thanks Simon. I found a 1/17/19 post by Damien that he may reintroduce these when he "launches his Scattergel products for Speedlights in a few months time". I hope he does because I haven't been able to find a bracket that allows you to aim the speedlight down like his does. His post is at the bottom of the page here: https://www.prophotonut.com/2009/09/09/the-essential-lovegrove-photo-acc...


100s of variations of this that bend in the middle, just add a bit of weight to the stand

Simon Carter's picture

That will do the job - I've got a few but it's nowhere near as good as Lovegrove's own flash bracket.

Jason Hughes's picture

Now the LED technology has come so far I wish that someone would create a speedlight that has some sort of LED modeling light built in. I'm by no means an electrical engineer, but I would figure that a decent output/low consumption LED could be feasibly be incorporated somewhere onto a unit.