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

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.


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

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.


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

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.”

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