The Essentials of Off-Camera Flash: Gear and Tips

If you are new to the world of artificial lighting, it can sometimes feel like trying to learn a foreign language. It is really worth taking the time to learn it, though, as it will open up creative opportunities that simply are not possible otherwise and make you a far more versatile photographer. This excellent video tutorial will show you essential off-camera flash gear and some helpful basic tips to get you off and running. 

Coming to you from Jiggie Alejandrino, this awesome video tutorial will show you essential off-camera flash gear and some helpful tips to get you started. The important thing to remember is that you can get started without spending that much. For example, a couple Yongnuo speedlights will only cost a few hundred dollars, and with a softbox and umbrella, you can start learning all the important basics and fundamental properties of light. Once you have mastered the basics, you will be in a better position to know exactly what you will need and want in a higher-level kit. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Alejandrino. 

If you would like to continue learning about how to light a portrait, be sure to check out "Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley!"

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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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When I was doing photography full time speedlights were king. I was just talking to a buddy the other day about how I never see anyone with them anymore until I saw this video. Are camera's ISO performance so good now that people use strobe less or are people using larger lights these days?

I still love these tiny speedlights, they have just enough power to handle sunlight, but could still be stopped down for those lowlight photos. But I do agree that the ISO nowadays really changed the approach to nighttime photography hence the slow shift to constant lights specially because of the bi-color function and just the general ease of use. I also do believe the there is a common misconception that more power is always a better thing (another topic altogether, LOL)… Still waiting for that one light fits all scenario to be invented, Profoto is getting close though.

I think Pye still uses speedlights. I'm pretty sure I saw one of his videos 6 or 8 months ago where he had about 4 of them at a reception. He placed them so he could could get good light no matter where he shot from.