3 Mistakes Beginners Make When Learning Off-Camera Flash

Learning how to work with off-camera flash can be a daunting task, and there are a lot of places where things can go wrong. If you are learning how to work with off-camera flash, this fantastic video tutorial will show you three common mistakes people make with it and how to fix them or avoid them entirely. 

Coming to you from FJH Photography, this excellent video tutorial will show you three common mistakes photographers make when working with off-camera flash. By far, the most common I see is using overly complicated setups in the mistaken belief that more lights automatically make for better photos. Sure, having more lights available can enable new creative opportunities, but you might be surprised by the sort of professional shots you can create even with just a single light. And when you are first starting out, it is a better idea to work with a single light, as you will be working on building an intuitive understanding of the fundamental properties of light, such as relative source size, subject-to-source distance, and more, and doing this is far easier when you're not dealing with the complications of a multi-light setup. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Top shelf!!! Francisco knows where it's at.

Awesome video. I was having those same issues in the beginning when I first started with ocf. Great video for those starting out with ocf.

Great video! Thank you, Francisco, for sharing your knowledge and experiences with us.

Always good when someone teaching, can share their mistakes. Great job of that in this video.

I’m always surprised when photographers bring multiple lights outdoors. The planet is lit by one light source, the sun, and the sun bounces light around and off of things. I would also add that beginning image makers should always take note of the direction of light and keep that direction in mind, and match it.

Last. I use cheap lights too, but not when consistency and daylight balanced temperature is required frame after frame. Many times, those cheap lights give strange results after firing many times.

The most useful advice would be to get out there with your gear and learn with it, fail and then fail again. It’s all fun, and it’s all about creating. There’s nothing better.

Perfect explanation about OCF….You are a master at painting light!

FJ’s works are absolutely brilliant. and unlike many he talk with his experience. Well done bro.

Good video, i think a mistake some people might make when shooting with ofc is using TTL, while it might be useful, you are not taking control and knowingly getting it how you want it. The only time i have wanted TTL is with my ring flash as any change in distance from the model screws up the exposure. Getting a good TTL ring flash would be a expensive pastime :-)