Off Camera Flash
Can you create some stunning off camera flash photography for under $60? You sure can!
As a professional wedding photographer, I am constantly trying to improve my work by increasing my abilities. One of the things we learned over the past couple of years was to effectively learn to use off camera flash. I have nine Nikon SB800 flashes that I use at weddings but, as many of you know, these flashes are expensive. So, I started a quest to find flashes which were inexpensive, would work with my remote flash triggers and do a decent job.
I went to Amazon and searched out the least expensive camera flashes that I could, read some reviews and this is what I found.
The Neewer off camera flash costs less than $10. I bought three of them because I figured that if one died (as one reviewer commented on Amazon) then I would have a couple of back-ups. I took them to a wedding we shot on Oct 1st, 2011 and I mounted the two flashes on my remote flash triggers ($29). I mount them, as always, at about seven feet high.
The remote trigger was mounted into the hot shoe of one of my Canon 60D cameras. I know what you might be thinking, why do you have Nikon flashes and a Canon camera. Well, I shoot both ways. We carry four Nikon bodies to weddings, two Canons and lots of other stuff.
The Canon camera is light as a feather with my Sigma 17-70 lens and only a flash trigger on the top. So, it makes long shooting days so much more comfortable.
Here are the results of my off camera light test
In each image below, I used a Canon 60D camera with a Sigma 17-70 lens and a Cowboystudio remote flash trigger. The flashes are the Neewer, $10 dollar flashes mounted on light stands. In the first image, I had the girls aim their faces towards my light stands. What you can see is that there is no harsh, back shadow that you would normally get with an on-camera flash. The second photo is from the anniversary dance and the bride is going to hug the winning couple (who have been married over 60 years). The last photo is a shot using a higher shutter speed only allowing for the flashes and their effect to show.