Every day i am asked, Hey Tim, what do i need to get started with Off Camera Flash? Well, The answer is pretty simple, but can become rather complicated. This is why I try to make things simple for my students and equipment customers.
Off Camera Flash is exactly what it sounds like. It is flash used OFF Camera. I will just call it OCF going forward.
So, what do you NEED??
These are my recommendations and should not be taken as the be all end all answer. Even though, I have helped many a photographer transition into and become very successful in the OCF world 😉
The first thing you need is a flash that can be used off camera.
The most common first off camera flash – a speedlight, also spelled speedlite. There are a TON of options and different capabilities available and they will be covered shortly.
The second thing you will need is a light stand.
Again, this is MY list of recommendations. Can you do it without a lightstand? Absolutely. However, lightstands make your ocf world sooo much better.. trust me on this one. I will give more detailed info on light stands soon.
The third thing you will need, a way to mount your speedlight to your light stand..a mounting bracket.
I will give more information on mounting brackets shortly as well.
The last thing you NEED is a light modifier.
Light modifiers range from umbrellas to softboxes to beauty dishes and a few other items. Again, I will go into more detail on these things soon.
So, a quick recap of what I recommend:
3. Mounting bracket
Over the next few days, I will be writing in more detail about each item. I will let you know the good, the bad and the ugly. I will give you a list of options and things to look for when making your decisions on what to buy to get started with OCF.