Back to Basics – How to Trigger an Off-Camera Flash

This video by photographer Adam Lerner takes a look at the basic ways for triggering your external flash. If you just got a new flash and this is the first time that you are trying to use it off camera there are several ways of doing that.

Lerner demonstrates four basic methods including using a sync cable, using your own flash from your camera or using either an infra red transmitter or an RF one (also known as pc-sync, optical sync, infrared sync and radio sync).

This is by no means the first time we are looking at triggering a flash remotely. Several weeks ago we published another video by  Tony Northrup who took 4 different flash triggering units and did a pretty in-depth comparison. If you are using flashes or monolights for your studio work you would probably want to check what he has to say from his experience.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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