/ Remote flash
What are the particular advantages of using a specifically designed flash system rather than just a torch? And can anyone recommend some flash systems that aren't too expensive or useless that would work with the Nikon D3200?
Thanks in advance
With portraits and the like you can use strobes in manual mode( or torches) so cheap versions with remote triggers from ebay can work well, this web sight might interest you http://strobist.blogspot.co.uk/2006/03/lighting-101.html
Have a look at these old threads:
Off-camera flash with cheap manual units is great fun.
I've also done two friends weddings with them.
Unless you are doing close work, a headtorcjh will not be bright enough for most situations, I have used a 1600 lumen bike light for some photoshoots(climbing) but even this on full power required a mixture of slow shutter speed/High ISO. If you are shooting any type of action and at distance you are better off with a flash.It doesnt have to be fancy, a basic flash with manual settings and an inexpensive trigger is the way to go.
This is a good example of a cheap way in.. http://www.ffordes.com/product/12062917225981
Ive shot many hundreds of images with this flashgun, solid, inexpensive and pings out a nice light(for a strobe!)
Im running a flash/off camera flash workshop in Edinburgh in Feb if you are local.
I often use this great little Sunpak flash (pack of cig size) with my GF-1.
It can trigger off the GF-1 flash (cranked well down) and is great for social settings,nights out, family stuff. Either place on something/someone to side or hold out with one hand, camera in other.
Can give really great results.
*you could probably use cheap ebay ones instead, but using triggers of some sort will be the only way to get multi-channel remotes, let alone TTL, with the D3200; using a "dumb" optical signal alone will fire every flash that can see it at the power it is set to. The reason I like multichannel is that you can test-fire each channel separately, easily flick between two setups etc.
The phottix idea is good, but you can go for the Aster triggers (smaller and cheaper) if you're only going to be using 1-2 external flash guns. http://www.castlecameras.co.uk/phottix-aster-flash-trigger-and-receiver Not bad for £45.
Try ebay a flash gun, something like the old Nikon SB28 offers a full range of control and can be bought kinda cheap. There are a lot of inexpensive flash guns out there but alot don't have proper settings, just High or Low power.
Worth checking out the Strobist blog (google it) for a super easy to follow guide to off camera flash.
Hope that helps!
I *think* there's also an issue with the colour of the light? A proper camera flash is a standard neutral colour, where as a torch or otehr light source might give you an odd colour cast?
Redundant if shooting in RAW mind you.
Unless you're mixing light sources in which case the different colour casts can be a right pain.
If you're only looking at short range stuff with easy line of sight from camera to strobes, cheep (even just IR) triggers are fine, go enjoy.
If you're looking at more complex stuff, need TTL and must have that flash fire, buy the pocket wizards and bask in the security.
Any cheap flash is great, so long as you have manual power input. Old-ish film flash guns (Canon EZ range, Nikon is a bit harder, it tends to just be double digit 24/26/28 etc) work great as off camera flash but won't give you TTL metering if you stuck it on the hot shoe.
I got a Jessops own brand gun a few months back and it's been very good. It cost £59 I think (it's a tenner more now I see), but I'm not sure if you could still get one, given the latest news on their business!
Buy a remote trigger kit for off-camera stuff for £50:
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> With portraits and the like you can use strobes in manual mode( or torches) so cheap versions with remote triggers from ebay can work well, this web sight might interest you http://strobist.blogspot.co.uk/2006/03/lighting-101.html
Another vote for the Strobist blog - flash photography, broken down into its constituent parts and giving a non-expensive route into creative lighting.
I've just ordered a set of remote triggers off the well-known auction site for about £20 (they get decent reviews, and should do the job). Hopefully they'll work with my combination of Nissin Di622 and cheapo non-programmable flash combined (item no. 110837938400). Really looking forward to playing with them.
<hijack> Did you get my email about this Sean? (haven't heard back...)
> <hijack> Did you get my email about this Sean? (haven't heard back...)
I did mate.Check your inbox...
Just checked again, nothing since your original 'out of office' reply msg.
All the best
Got it, cheers. Yep, see you on the 9th.
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