Sep 162014

In this video we show you a very simple setup of one flash and a softbox. This is the easiest setup to start with and we have been using this setup for our portraits for many years.

When I first started wedding photography I just used one flash on the top of my camera with a diffuser and had it angled at 45 degrees. The photos came out okay because  the photos captured the emotion of the people and made my brides happy but I wanted it to be better. Slowly but surely I build up my equipment and learned from other photographers and the internet how to use off camera flash. When I got really good at it I noticed what a difference it made in my photos. With the off camera flash they are more dramatic and dynamic and they have better color. It just made such a difference! I hear lots of people are natural light photographers (I love shooting in natural light too!) and that works great but I feel that photographers need to know how to photograph in all lighting situations. “Better safe than sorry” is one of the mottos that I live by.)

We know off camera lighting can be intimidating but it does not have to be. Joel and I are going to start an online off camera lighting series and we are going to take you through it step by step and make it easy to understand and remember. We have several video ideas if you have any suggestions we would love to hear them!

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  16 Responses to “Location Lighting Using One TTL Off Camera Flash”

  1. Great information! What brand of soft box do you use?

  2. Good luck with the videos. I’m sure they’ll be very helpful to many.

  3. Great idea to put some videos together! So much more helpful than just reading through a manual or blog post. Will be nice to see you guys in action.

  4. This is a great tutorial! I never knew the those brand of flashes were able to do TTL. I thought they were all manual. Guess I need to check into this more. 🙂 Thanks!

  5. It’s very important to be able to use lighting because although it is rarely as beautiful as natural light, there are some times when you don’t have enough natural light. Recently I have discovered daylights, and these give a great light. It’s all changed so much since I started out in photography!

  6. very cool information!

  7. great video! good for you for putting yourselves out there like that. love how natural your off-camera lighting looks! and also – THE PUPPY!!!

  8. This is something I’m trying to push myself to learn so I will for sure be following your series!

  9. Awesome information! I love using off camera lighting! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I LOVE off camera flash and use it all the time for reception photos! Once you get the hang of it, it really changes the game! Thanks for putting together this info!

  11. Good information… I’m starting to play with ocf and can’t wait to know it like the back of my hand!

  12. Great info, I love OCF – such a handy tool to have in your back pocket!