Setting up an off-camera flash can seem a little daunting when you’re first starting out in photography. There are numerous components and buttons to consider and the thought can be intimidating if you are unsure of how it all works. This is exactly how I felt when I was a new photographer and for months I avoided off-camera flash in fear of messing it up, until one day someone (I think it was Matthew Saville) took me aside and showed me exactly how it was done.

If you’re a new photographer and is just beginning to experiment with light and maybe have just ventured out into investing in a flash, this is a great video for you. Susan Stripling breaks down step-by-step how to assemble an off-camera flash for shooting weddings or portraits. You’ll see how simple it is.



You’ll need the following items to get you started:

After Susan talks a bit about how she and her assistant uses this set up, her husband and “marginally talented” wedding photographer, Cliff Mautner drops in to show how he uses his FlashBender and PocketWizards, a bit differently than Susan’s method. The purpose of this 6 minute video is to encourage you to get your flash off of your camera and see what you can do!

Watch ‘Assembling An Off-Camera Flash’

If you’re new to photography (and even if you’re not), be sure to check out Photography 101, our newest workshop DVD. It’s an A-Z comprehensive guide to teach you the basics of photography using entry level gear, for all types of photographers. Also, coming soon: Lighting 101.

[Via Susan Stripling YouTube]