It takes less than 100$ to move your strobe off camera. Definitely worth it

Jul 5, 2016

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It takes less than 100$ to move your strobe off camera. Definitely worth it

Jul 5, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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If you already own a hot shoe strobe you already have one of the most powerful tools for shaping light. Now, if you only took it off camera it would do a great deal to the final image. And you’d be surprised at how low of a cost it actually takes to move a hot shoe strobe off camera.

Photographer Manuel Ortiz  (previously) shows how with only $100 worth of gear you can take your strobe off camera and add another layer of light to your photography. (See what I did there?).

Now, Manuel uses a Flashpoint R2 speedlite, but the cost of a transmitter (godox X1T here), a generic brolli, swivel and a generic stand is just about $100 for many 3rd party brands.

https://youtu.be/ZbyajbveZpw

This video is definitely a strong demo of why moving a strobe of camera is such a powerful tool. Here are some photos to help see the difference.

This is the basic exposure, it sets the ambient light. even shooting at ISO 100, going with F1.4 forces a 1/3200 shutter speed

no strobe, 1/3200 1.4 iso 100
no strobe, 1/3200 1.4 iso 100

On camera fill flash (with HSS) added and opens up the shadows, but lighting is flat

on camera strobe, 1/3200 1.4 iso 100
on camera strobe, 1/3200 1.4 iso 100

Lastly the strobe is taken off camera (and moves to 1/5000)

off camera strobe, 1/5000 1.4 iso 100
off camera strobe, 1/5000 1.4 iso 100

Here is a quick comparison between no flash and off camera flash

and between on camera and off camera flash

Here is a rough cost calculation for you, even got spare for a visit at In and Out burger:

Manuel Ortiz has a great youtube channel so check it out for more tutorials. You can also catch Manuel on his site,Instagram and Facebook page.

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2 responses to “It takes less than 100$ to move your strobe off camera. Definitely worth it”

  1. Daniel Avatar
    Daniel

    this is such a great video. two more takeaways:

    If you go out with a stand and a big umbrella, you are open to wind. The umbrella is basically a huge sail and the fact that it’s located at the top of a stand really gives it some leverage – use a sandbag

    When you are facing a model your right/left/forward/backward is different from the models, so when you are giving instructions, either show the model what to do, or use their directions

  2. Josiah McLaughlin Avatar
    Josiah McLaughlin

    $100