Quick Tip — Get an off-camera strobe cord

An off-camera strobe will do wonders for your portable strobe photography. (Copyright 2009/Andrew Boyd)

An off-camera strobe cord will do wonders for your portable strobe photography. (Copyright 2009/Andrew Boyd)

This is one piece of equipment I would never shoot flash without-a working off-camera strobe cord. By off-camera cord, I’m talking about one made by your strobe manufacturer which allows all of the electronic communication between your camera and strobe to still work.

Getting your strobe off camera axis–away from being directly over your lens-will dramatically improve the quality of most of your strobe photography. This is one of the most important things you can do, for a very reasonable price,  to improve your shooting.  If you don’t have one of these cords, get one! Try it and see how much better your strobe work looks!

Straight strobe. Note harsh shadow under chin, flat light, shadow behind head. (Copyright 2009/Andrew Boyd)

Straight strobe. Note harsh shadow under chin, flat light, shadow behind head. (Copyright 2009/Andrew Boyd)

Off-camera  strobe. This is still direct flash, pointed right at subject, but from off camera about 20" to the left. Note more interesting, modeled light across face now, with now heavy shadow under chin or behind head. (Copyright 2009/Andrew Boyd)

Off-camera strobe. This is still direct flash, but from off camera to the left. Note more interesting, modeled light across face now, with no heavy shadow under chin or behind head. (Copyright 2009/Andrew Boyd)

  • [Editor’s Note: This is the first article  in a new feature called “Quick Tips” which will focus on  a small thing you can do to improve your photography. Let me know if you think this new series is helpful. -DiscerningPhotog]

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8 Comments on "Quick Tip — Get an off-camera strobe cord"

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  1. Will Bailey says:

    Great tip! I have one of these and it makes all of the difference in the world.

  2. zack zainon says:

    Greetings,
    Stumbled your site and loved it! I’m gonna keep coming back now! Keep the ‘quick tips’ running dude. Loved the finger fill flash and hope to see more tips like it. See ya mate!

  3. Thanks Zack! Yeah, my two-fingered technique works with all flash units…no adapters needed!

  4. WJD says:

    Off camera cord – most valuable flash accessory decades ago in my 35mm days and bought one with recent purchase of canon 430ex ii
    also prchased bounce kit, but the cord stays with the flash at all times – it’s that important & useful!
    Bounce kit is a ‘sometimes’ accessory , except for the two-finger bounce – that stays with the flash also : )

  5. Ted says:

    I think that was a great flash of canon. I like the result when you put the flash on it. Thank you for the idea that you share to me.

  6. Morgan says:

    Looking forward to buy a flash for my canon 1100 and yes for a nicer lens on November. Looking forward to nicer shots with this next time.

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