Basics, on Video: Connect Any Speedlight to Any Camera

Just in time for the first lighting control discussions (#1, "Position," which is due up Monday) Strobist reader David James has put up a very helpful video tutorial for those of you still hazy on exactly how to sync a camera and a remote flash.

It covers both flashes and cameras with and without PC jacks, hitting on both PC cords and the inexpensive Gadget Infinity remotes.

This will be very helpful to many of the newer readers. It's also helpful to me, as a post while I am recovering from a long day at Disney World and still trying to squeeze as much R&R as possible out of my last couple of days down at my folks' place in Florida.

The last few days have been wonderful. But I don't even want to think about how big my unanswered email pile has gotten...

(Thanks, David J.)


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Anonymous Robert Aubin said...

Very cool. Thanks for putting that video together and thanks for posting it here. It was nice that he included some information regarding ebay triggers and showed some close-ups of the units used.

Nice work!

June 15, 2007 1:44 PM  
Blogger Adam Trevillian said...

So where can I find the adapters that he used in the video?

June 15, 2007 1:59 PM  
Blogger Kase said...

You can get the Hot Shoe adapter (the one he connected to the flash) at Amazon. Here's the link:

Hot Shoe Adapter

June 15, 2007 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK that's gross.
That guy has to clean his running nose and clear his throat prior to sitting in front of camera.

Anyway, content is fine. Nice tutorial on off-camera flash infrastructure.

June 15, 2007 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can I get the other type of hot shoe adaptor? The one without cord and totally made of plastic he uses first...



June 15, 2007 4:31 PM  
Blogger Jerome said...

thanks alot david. that was a wonderful overview for all of the newer readers and nice overview of alternative options for those of us that have started moving.

June 15, 2007 5:27 PM  
Blogger xavier said...

there's a part 2 !

June 16, 2007 12:34 PM  
Anonymous tmantynen said...

My advice is to NOT buy the "No Brand" or "General Brand" hot shoe adapter to which kase linked to (actually they are made by Bower, but practically none of the online shops mention it). Its quality is extremely bad. Get one manufactured by Hama or some other well known manufacturer.

June 16, 2007 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Missouri B&B said...

I have a thought... Perhaps when Mr Hobby is away, or on vacation, he could employ a special substatute like a co-worker, or even another reader could post for him when he is busy. Just an idea....

June 17, 2007 12:41 AM  
Blogger SharcPhoto said...

dude... THIS IS EXACTLY what i needed to know...

thanks so much for posting this.

now i feel a lot better about what direction to head in with my lighting options laid out. :)

June 17, 2007 4:14 AM  
Blogger petr said...

Great tutorial - i've just actually ordered a kit. One thing that i'm trying to figure out is how to trigger the off-camera flash and using light meter? How can I fire the hot shoe flash with Sekonic L-358 meter for example?

June 17, 2007 6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice ...

But I'm still not clear about what transmitter/reciever was used. I'm trying to look for it, but don't know the name.

June 18, 2007 8:36 AM  
Blogger Jazzology said...

As a "Sound Recordist" for motion picture (video). The use of the on camera mic does not do this piece justice. I use the metaphor that my microphones are simply lenses that record sound and not light... this is a good example of using the wrong "sound" lens...

I would be happy to help you with this... maybe you could contact me through my flikr account @ Jazzology.

Otherwise it is a great and informative piece... thank you for info I could not have found elsewhere.


June 19, 2007 9:34 AM  
Blogger CindyS said...

I'm FAR from where I want to be with this, but I want to tell you that you are awesome and cool and all that for posting this information for those of us who desire to learn!!!

June 20, 2007 3:59 PM  
Blogger spiralcity said...

Perhaps it should have been mentioned NOT to mount that Nikon speedlight directly to the Canon shoe mount under no circumstances.

Just a thought.

Some new users may need this type of info also.

August 14, 2007 6:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way Cool! Thanks for painting that picture for me. It was very helpful for this newbie who is trying to make sense of all of this new information!

January 19, 2008 9:40 PM  
Anonymous pyrodefuego said...

Where did the video go? Is there another link?

February 05, 2008 8:39 PM  

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