3 Creative Ways to Trigger a Remote Camera Flash

A Remote Camera Flash is a very useful tool because it makes it possible to trigger your camera flash that is positioned away from the camera. There are many times when you might need to use these remote flashes to provide extra light to your photograph, and an off-camera flash is normally able to provide much more light than the flash on a compact camera.

Light is extremely important to photographs. If there's no light, your camera won't be able to capture anything. It's the light which enters your camera that is converted into electrical signals and stored on your camera's memory card or on film.

The problem is that light isn't always available in the scene. It can also be coming from the wrong direction, which will create problems with washed-out photographs.

Artificial sources of lighting such as camera flashes can make taking a photo in any conditions possible. There are several different options that can be used to trigger remote camera flashes. All of these methods have their own merits and disadvantages, so it's important to spend time choosing the correct technology for you.

1. PC Sync Leads

Using a PC Sync lead is perhaps the best known technique for triggering a remote camera flash. This is very reliable because it's a physical link between the camera and the flash.

By physically connecting the flash and camera, you will minimize any problems with wireless communication. The disadvantage of using this technique, however, is that you can't locate the flashes just anywhere. Also, not every flash will have a port for sync leads.

2. Infra Red

A slightly more creative option is using wireless infrared sensors. IR Flashes are one of the cheapest types of wireless flashes available. These work by using an invisible beam of light that is transmitted from the hot shoe of your camera.

The flash device detects this, and it will then trigger the flash. These devices can be brought cheaply and very easily. However, using them on a sunny day will be difficult because the sun also produces infrared radiation. Also, these can interfere with remote controls from your TV or stereo.

Line of sight is important when using these flashes. One of the best advantages, though, is that you can use a single IR transmitter to trigger several flashes located in different parts of the room.

3. Radio Controlled

Radio-controlled wireless flashes are much more expensive than Infrared units, but they are much more efficient and reliable. These are not suitable for amateurs because of their high cost; they are designed for professionals.

Radio-controlled wireless flashes use a wireless transmitter, which is connected to the hot shoe of your camera. When the shutter button is pressed, a wireless signal is sent to the flash, which will then fire.

Some of the higher-end cameras will have built-in wireless transmitters inside. This could make them even easier to use, as long as you choose the same brand of flash. Many brands such as Nikon and Canon use their own wireless standards, which means that their cameras will only be compatible with their brand of flashes.

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