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Made By: Nick_w
Start: 27/11/0000 - 9:49 AM
End: 30/06/2010 - 9:49 AM
Address: 5
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Strobist / off Camera Flash / Small lights.


A group aimed at developing the use of off camera flash (ie the main flash not on the cameras hot shoe).

To aid members understanding please include the flash set up either in the description a lighting diagram or a photo of the setup (the last two can be included as mods).

As a resource the following website gives a good understanding of what Strobism is about.

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thewaiter
thewaiter  121177 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2009 - 1:33 PM

Hi Guys,

Great idea with the groups, and especially the 'strobist' group of which I'm a big fan of. Just to introduce myself, I'm Kevin Smile live in Essex work in London. Two genres of photography really interest me, landscapes and portraits, especially the B+W work of Bailey et al.
The strobist site has been a constant source of inspiration for me, and I look forward to taking part in discussions, shoots etc....

Kevin

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73823 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2009 - 1:52 PM

Welcome onboard Kevin

Well seeing I set the group up I should introduce myself. Relatively new to the Strobist type work and have an aweful lot to learn - hence the reason for the group. I live in West Yorkshire but travel extensively throughout the UK & Ireland.

Like many I started with landscape work, but have moved to concentrating on more and more mono's across all genres. I hope the group provides inspiration to some.

Nick

Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2009 - 9:31 PM

I have put on old image in here, I really liked it but it only got 8 clicks, not after more, just wondering why really and what I could do better

thanks

Diana

Edit: Intro stuff? errr I like shooting at night best of all thats about it really

Last Modified By Diana at 29 Nov 2009 - 9:32 PM
Britman
Britman  81669 forum posts England
1 Dec 2009 - 5:14 PM

Cool, groups. I'm looking at getting into Studio stuff much more in the new year. got my eye one some kits fram Elemental.

whipspeed
whipspeed e2 Member 104039 forum postswhipspeed vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2009 - 4:26 PM

Can anyone recommend a trigger for a canon 580EX flash & 1dMkIII, apart from the Canon one?

thewaiter
thewaiter  121177 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2009 - 9:16 AM

have you looked at the pocket wizard ? tends to be a popular trigger

whipspeed
whipspeed e2 Member 104039 forum postswhipspeed vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2009 - 10:05 AM

No, not looked at anything yet, I'm not sure what I needed, but I'll check those out. Thanks.

Britman
Britman  81669 forum posts England
5 Dec 2009 - 1:27 AM

You can get cheap trigger of ebay, I've got a couple any they work, and quite well. The do use RF to but don't offer any flash control, they will just trigger the flash. But for 20 they have served me well, but if you're using in the field and every day they may not be up to the job, then pocket wizards are the way to go.

Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73823 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2009 - 5:39 PM

The pocket wizards are the Rolls Royce also check out RDii poppers. The latest PW have TTL however I would go with the cheap eBay triggers. The ones I use are by Yongnuo ahich are far better built than most chinese triggers. I also use there remote cable releases.
Nick

thewaiter
thewaiter  121177 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2009 - 1:45 PM

I was hanging out the the PW iTTl units, supposedly coming in the New Year, I want the ability to trigger from a distance without having to be in the line of site, which is the problem with the Nikon SU800. Nick is this the sort of thing you use ?

Last Modified By thewaiter at 7 Dec 2009 - 2:05 PM
thewaiter
thewaiter  121177 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2009 - 2:19 PM

or here at Amazon

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014740 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2009 - 10:03 PM

I got something on those lines, they were really cheap but they do work well with good batteries.

My theory is get them now, get learning, then when the PW's are available get them if you need them

you are loosing valuable experimenting time, every day you delay is a day lost.

Also, you can get 4 recievers and 4 really cheap, old flashes and they just work - no need for IR receivers or TTL.

My biggest complaint is build quality of the receivers - put a heavy speedlight on one and a flash adaptor like a Snoot on there and they need careful handling.

whipspeed
whipspeed e2 Member 104039 forum postswhipspeed vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2009 - 10:11 PM

I went for the pocket wizard trigger and recievers in the end, after going to Jacobs, but they thought that a trigger, receiver with my 580EX on would just trigger a 430EX without another receiver, erm, that was wrong, so I phoned them and they have very kindly let me have another receiver at a nicely discounted price. My lad is picking it up for me on Wednesday when he's at uni, so I'm going to be experimenting soon Smile

Britman
Britman  81669 forum posts England
9 Dec 2009 - 7:40 PM

Well guy's I'm delighted to say that I'm now the proud owner of Ultra G3 kit from Elemental. Have to say the kit is an absolute bargain. Thanks to Danny for great service.

Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73823 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2009 - 2:40 PM

Sorry been away all week, the ones linked are an upgrade on mine. I read recently that one of the Chinese manufacturers is looking at iTTL for Nikon (I think Pixel ???).

What I found is by using manual I have started to get a better understanding of how the flash works and as a consequece how to get better use out of it.

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
16 Dec 2009 - 9:30 PM

Hi, good to see this group, I am based in West Yorkshire.
I have done lots of studio work this year and an now interested in developing this into shooting outside locations with my models.
Recent did a Brett Harkness course and learn't a lot about his approach to this.
Richard

fletchphoto
23 Dec 2009 - 7:20 PM

Hi Everyone. I've been a member of the site for years but have only recently returned. I'm pleased to find this group here as its the kind of photography that I find myself doing more and more of and i love it! I usually photograph motorbikes with the 'strobist' technique (see my portfolio) but want to expand my horizons!
I too use the 'cheep' radio triggers from ebay and cant really complain about them. I have a Vivitar 285, National PE-387s as well as a Sunpak 3400 hammerhead, all picked up cheep from a car boot!

Snapper_T
Snapper_T e2 Member 10848 forum postsSnapper_T vcard United Kingdom
15 Jan 2010 - 10:15 PM

Hi folks, I didn't know thise group existed on here, just found it today, so thought I'd join in the fun.

I'm Trev from Reading, have been on epz for a while. I like the strobist scene and what can be achieved with one light. I'll throw up a few pics to add to the mix.

Trev

POOCHIE
POOCHIE e2 Member 8POOCHIE vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2010 - 8:13 AM

Hi folks, just followed link from Redeyes latest image, recently invested in pocket wizards and extra flash units and interfit strobie soft bowes and flash mount as I intend to go down this route and am busy at the moment getting technique and info from any where possible so glad to find another option here on epz.

Pooch.

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014740 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2010 - 3:53 PM

Hi all

have you spotted the off camera flash thread going on

seems to have taken over from this thread as the place to discuss all things strobist. Some really useful stuff on there

Cheers

Ade

arhb
arhb e2 Member 72150 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom67 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2010 - 10:26 AM

Just discovered this thread, after seeing an upload by POOCHIE.

User_Removed
28 Jun 2010 - 4:39 PM

Hi everyone, rather than have 2 threads running for advice can i suggest that those interested in strobist stuff join in with the "Off Camera Flash Photography" thread going on in the forums.

That way everyone can concentrate on one place and upload the work here. Just a suggestion

rgds
Dave

Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318434 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 9:50 AM

This meeting style group will close on 30th June 2010 as we now have a facility to create proper groups. Please go to Groups to find out more.

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