Video: Off-Camera Flash, Light Stand Setup

A quick explanation of how I setup up off-camera flash. This is the same setup I describe in detail in the blog and my eBooks. Using a light stand, umbrella adapter, and a hotshoe-to-PocketWizard adapter cable, I place the flash unit off-camera and into a shoot-through umbrella.

Flash unit with umbrella rig.

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  • Roy Booth April 18, 2011 at 12:33 am

    If a picture paints a thousand words a video paints a million. I don’t know why they had to make it so complicated with all the studs etc but your video made it a piece of cake. If only I could work out how to download the video to save offline for reference. Maybe there’s an ebook or a vbook idea there. Thanks Ed.

  • shahn April 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Why is there a need for the hotshoe to PW adapter when (with the proper cable) you can plug the PW directly to the flash?

    The adapter seems like an unnecessary addition….

  • Ed Verosky April 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Great question. Some flash units do have a PC cable connector, but not all do. The flash I’m using does, but I still prefer to use this method because PC cables aren’t very reliable, they will fail with extended use. This method works every time.

  • Jon April 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks Ed, for the refresher, one question for you though, do *you* prefer to measure your light with a light meter or base it on the either the histogram or the view screen on camera? I use my flash all the time on manual between 1/4 to 1/8. I would like the view of another on the metering.


  • Ed Verosky April 19, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I just take a look at the LCD monitor most of the time. I’d probably use a light meter if I were shooting film in a studio environment and had no way to preview in digital. I honestly never base my exposures on the histogram, and rarely on the overexposure “blinkies.”

  • Stephen April 20, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Simple, clear and spot on Ed. Great presentation!

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