If you've ever wanted to fire off-camera flashes remotely, but didn't feel like you could do it because you didn't have radio triggers, I'm going to show you that there is another way. In the picture above, the flash was actually fired with my little $100 point-and-shoot camera. You don't need radio triggers to get started. Granted, they are a great tool that can allow you to do more, but they are not required. Ok, so if you have an off-camera flash like a Nikon Speedlight (I know for a fact it works with the SB-800) you can fire that flash remotely WITHOUT any cords or wireless transmitters. A lot of off-camera flashes have a setting that enables their sensor to be waiting for a sudden change in light (aka, another flash going off). When it senses the other flash going off, it is also triggered. That's how I took this photo with my point and shoot. The flash on my point-and-shoot triggered the external flash. So let me tell you the setting on my speed light. I don't know what it is on every model of flash, but at least for the Nikon speedlights, the following instruction is how to do this flash method.
If you hold the menu button for about 3 seconds (or however you access the menu on yours) then your menu will come up. Then navigate to the screen where you're selecting whether it's a master, remote, etc. and select the SU-4. This mode works for firing the remote flash without cords or transmitters. It is intended to be waiting for the master flash's flash.
Once that's set on the flash unit, just shoot with your pop-up-flash on your camera. It doesn't take any special settings or any great changes and it works beautifully inside and even at a decent distance outside. But be aware that line of sight, bright places, or not having the sensor facing the flash can hinder it's effectiveness. This is one of the main reasons that radio triggers are great; you don't have to worry about sunlight, line of sight, etc.I was so excited when I first discovered this because it allowed me to get the flash off the camera and get some more dynamic lighting without having to pay for transmitters and other such options. I wanted to share this tip with you my readers so that you as well may benefit from this new method of flash photography.
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