Making Electronic Flash Connections
It’s What’s in Your Camera Bag Wednesday! Small accessories can sometime make the difference between being able to make a shot or not. Nowhere in photography is this truer than when trying to synch studio flash units with your SLR.
The traditional PC (Prontor-Compur) synch flash connection formerly standard on every SLR has but has all but disappeared from today’s entry and mid-level digital SLRs is . There is, on many compact SLR’s, simply no place to plug a synch cord from a monolight or any other kind of studio flash. But one feature that even the least expensive digital SLR does have is a hot shoe. If your camera doesn’t have PC outlet but does has a hot shoe, all you need to is slide Adorama’s inexpensive ($9.95) Hot Shoe to PC Adapter and you will be able to connect any standard sync-cord and get that shot.
If you want to eliminate the synch cord entirely, here’s another suggestion. I’m a bit of a klutz when working in the studio and have, more than once, stumbled over a power cord and more times than I can count, over a synch cord. For me and others like me, a wireless trigger is the best (and safest) solution for tripping the light fantastic. Flashpoint’s Infra Red Remote Trigger ($29.95) will trigger any standard flash or even multiple flashes that have either a built-in or plug-in slave. The Remote Trigger slips onto a standard camera hot shoe and has active range of about 30 feet. The Trigger will work outdoors but since it uses light, albeit infrared, its effectiveness will vary based on the brightness of the day. Tip: In addition to being able to trip monolights with built-in or external slave units, the Flashpoint Infra Red Remote Trigger will fire many shoe-mount flashes that have built-in infrared receivers.
If you prefer a radio-based solution, the Flashpoint 8 Channel Radio Remote Control Set with Transmitter and Receiver ($29.95) has a range of 90-feet and is unaffected by ambient light. Because it uses radio it will keep Uncle Harry from firing your lights at a wedding with his point and shoot camera. There are eight channels so each channel can avoid interference from multiple lighting set-ups that sometimes occur at proms or large charity events. An additional receiver for the system only costs $19.95