Off Camera Flash Photography Tutorial | Part 2



Hi guys! Today’s video is part 2 of our off camera flash photography series! This week we are covering flash modifiers, where I place my light stands at a reception, and where I stand while photographing receptions using off camera flash.

If you missed last week’s video, be sure to check it out! https://youtu.be/WzJAcn74J9g

In last week’s video, I shared my off camera flash set up and some tips for getting started as a beginner with off camera flash. I mainly use off camera flash at wedding receptions when I can no longer use natural light.

My flash gear:
Nikon Sb910 flash: http://amzn.to/2fBUDDp
Pocket Wizard Triggers: http://amzn.to/2fBUyQf
Watch What’s in my Camera Bag video: https://youtu.be/1Xe-3n-NmZw
White Westcott Umbrella (modifier) http://amzn.to/2lwDfnP
Light Stands http://amzn.to/2l9v6EZ

How to find your first Photography clients: https://youtu.be/B-pkK_qvFvQ
How to get your photos published: https://youtu.be/IDcgvjwtYas

I’d love to connect with you!!
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Leave me your questions!! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have not been paid to promote or endorse any of these items. These are my honest opinions and thoughts. All gear has been purchased with my own money. Some links are Affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you buy it.

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47 thoughts on “Off Camera Flash Photography Tutorial | Part 2

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    It doesn't really make much of a difference, but I like softboxes better than umbrellas. I also don't shoot weddings. I tend to work in more of a studio environment. A large softbox can be comparable to a shoot through umbrella. It sort of ends up just being a matter of personal preference.

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    Great series so far. I've been photographically dormant far too long. I have a friend who is getting married (65 yr old and 57 yr old) I need to knock thre dust off my gear and get busy.

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    I want to use the flash off my camera. Will the remote on the flash set off my camera when I fire it at my model?

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    Got a big wedding to shoot this weekend Iโ€™ll post some if they come out to my liking ๐Ÿ˜‚ thanks for the helpful video!

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    Hi joy I have just got triggers so I have Nikon sb700 and yn560iii I shoot wedding but only with flash on camera I want to use it off as well but don't want to experiment on somebodies wedding. What would be a good situation to mock up for practise no people. I hope I explained that and your not like what is she going on about.

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    I have a single flash and a soft box with trigger..so to balance light I usually set them in middle of the subject, is that ok? Or can you give me any suggestion for this! It may be a long until I buy another set of flash and soft box for me as I am still struggling to make money.

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    Just came across you're channel in my home feed and must say I Love your easy relaxed presentation and clear advice.
    Always love to know how other photographers use their flash setup to achieve a professional result. Thank You Joy ๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ“ธ

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    on a wedding reception which is not well lit, is it enough to use just one off camera flash? and whats the best way to use your flash? bouncing of the ceiling?

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    This video was super help! So thankful I came across this video because you got straight to the point yet in a super effective way.

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    I'm a little confused with the zoom on the flash. One person gave me advice to always set it at 24. Do I want to change it depending on the focal length that I'm at with me lens or how do I decide this without taking too long?

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    Thank you SO much for this video! I've been checking out LOTS of off-camera flash videos and this is by far the best. I'll be doing a wedding this summer and the couple would like me to take some shots inside the church, thinking walking up the isle etc. I don't have any assistant and I'm doing all the shooting. Would it be sufficient to just use one flash with my camera with the bounce card or a small soft box/diffuser on the flash? I need to be running around quickly to change the view and to get them while their walking/exchanging rings etc. Thank you so much again! Chris ๐Ÿ™‚

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    Are you bouncing the light off the inside of the umbrella back at the subject or are you shooting through the umbrella? Seems like you would be wasting a lot of light if you are bouncing but I just wanted you to clarify. Thanks.

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    Hi! super helpful!

    I do have one question. I have the same pocket wizards but when I have a flash on top of my camera on top of the Mini TT1 it will not fire from the off camera flash too. But when I don't have a flash on top, the off camera flash fires fine. Just curious if you had any knowledge on this or any ideas on what to do! Thank you!

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    When you shoot your YouTube videos, is it all natural light or youโ€™re using some soft box? I started watching your videos and curious of your set up. Thanks.

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    Joy, I am a beginner to a Nikon D3300 off camera flash Photography, having only 1 Altura # AP-N1001 Speedlite flash for Nikon with Altura "Wire flash trigger / remote shutter release" for Nikon, I have watched your Videos, although you spoke mainly of a 2 flash set-up, I hope to start out doing mostly Family Portraits, and Senior Graduation Photography, both of these possibly "On Location". I have No Studio available. Any Positive suggestions from you will be very much appreciated

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    If there's ever any bad news that needs to be told to me, i hope it's you saying it. You have a nice, calming way to explain things. I bet you could make anyone smile as you tell them they have a few days to live. LOL. Nice videos and info. I feel better informed after viewing them.

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    Thank you for your video. I'm just a retired man trying to have fun with camera. I have a nikon d610 and a youngnuo 568ex speedlight, most of the time I've used I-TTL mode, sometime in manual mode, the flash allways fired 2 pre-flash before the final flash and the camera took a picture, that good, but sometime I just want the flash fired 1 flash only, but I don't know how to get that( I've tried many time ). Any help? Thank you.

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    I would have loved to see examples of what the images look like with your set up and where the light is when you stand is specific places… if that makes any sense.

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    Hi Joy, Great videos. I'm curious…what camera body are you using? and are you choosing to use the external triggers with the SB-910's to go RF or does the Nikon you own not have a remote option?

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    first , good job really nice videos
    second my question is if I'm shooting a wedding session in a hotel reception with no natural light just the lights of the reception how I setup my lighting ?

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    Love Love Love your explanations. A lot of photographers explain topics as if beginners already know what'g going on, so your videos are highly appreciated.ย 

    Thank you all the way from Hawaii.

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    If you have 2 off camera flash, and one on camera, where would you put the 2nd off camera flash in this scenario that you drew on the diagram with the band/dj stand? Do you ever use JUST flash with off camera (without modifiers like the umbrella? Or do you always use the umbrella?

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    Lovely overview, I have my first work in 2weeks, feel ill prepared but confident with on camera, just ocf experience I need now, I have used studio lighting but that feels easy compared to this because I think of the pressure to get it right first time. Keep up the content it's pleasing to see simple starter guides tbh.

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    Love your flash tutorials! So helpful! You're not just saying: "I use this gear and make this magic happen." You're actually breaking it down by positioning and flash power ๐Ÿ™‚

  • May 5, 2019 at 10:13
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    Love this video, its so helpful! What about slave vs master? I'm not super familiar with those terms and what exactly they mean

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