Posted by: David Vernon | September 18, 2008

Damn – We’re on a roll. What flash should I buy?

ScalesThis – this is a lot simpler.

While there’s a million ways to do it, just buy a flash you can separate from your camera (and if you’re buying a flash, my guess is objective achieved). That’s really all there is too it. If you have a point-and-shoot without a means to trigger a remote flash (a hot shoe or a PC-sync connector) – well you’ve got no choice – you have to use what’s on the camera. That’s better then a poke in the eye with a sharp stick (most things are) but it’s at the rear end of flash possibilities, the butt of all flash jokes. You have a Plan B – that’s not using your flash and instead using hot lights – light sources that always stay on. And actually that can work pretty darn well. But if you can sync off camera then suddenly the world changes. And once you start lighting your shots, the world changes for the better. I kid you not.

I’ll be teaching a class at the Peoria Art Guild early next year that’s all about off-camera flash and lighting. We’ll do all kinds of hands-on stuff and you’ll see how the world can be a better place. But why wait? Scoot your butt over to David Hobby’s website and you can take it all in as quick as you can read. And he’ll probably tell you exactly what flash to buy… and what umbrella, stand, snoot, gobo, and soup. Yes soup. Hobby, known to most of us as Strobist, is converting tens of thousands of folks who never took their flash off the camera into lighting geniuses – and he shows how to do it with one flash and on a budget. Of course he shows you how to do it with ten flashes and Pocket Wizards too. He’s equal opportunity and one of my favorite bloggers out there.

So again – ask your questions – I can answer with one eye closed. Oh – and you can still take the class. Did I mention hands-on demos??? Yes I did.

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