There are many photographers out there who will argue they don’t own a flash or a speed light because they prefer to use natural ambient light. If you are one of these photographers, that’s cool – after all we all have our own opinions, work flow and way of doing things, but have you ever considered flash photography?
For many months after I first started out in digital photography I used ambient light only, and refused to buy a flash, but I was influenced by several “natural light only” photographers at a local camera club who had the “natural light good. Artificial flash light bad” mentality.
It wasn’t until I discovered the strobist site that I started showing an interest in flash photography, and off camera flash at that. Reading the articles and forum posts on the strobist site opened my eyes and I quickly realized I fancied having a go at off camera flash photography, however I didn’t want to have to spend loads of money in order to do so.
I don’t mind spending money on photography equipment but I only when I actually need it or am going to use and make it pay for itself. What I don’t like is spending money unnecessarily on photography equipment or wasting money on photography gear that ultimately ends up sat on the shelf collecting dust and I feared this would happen if I bought some off camera flash photography gear.
When I was looking to buy a flash there were cheap flashes available on Amazon and eBay, all of which got terrible reviews and appeared to last five minutes before breaking. I couldn’t find a single positive review on any of the cheap speed lights so clearly they weren’t worth buying. The more expensive speed lights received better reviews, but they were considerably more expensive and the fact that I was unsure whether I actually wanted to go down the flash photography route or not made me reluctant to part with so much money for what potentially could be a whim.
After a bit more research I found what I considered to be the ideal solution, and the best thing was the equipment was cheap! So what was my solution? Rather than try and put it in words I thought I would make a short video clip, as below:-
If you want to go searching for some cheap manual flashes tap it in to the search below to see what bargains are available on eBay:
If you need a bit more convincing why you should have a go at off camera flash you may be interested in the following:-
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