Simple OCF set up for about 500.00

Simple OCF set up for about 500.00

Simple Off Camera Flash set up for about 500.00

This post is specifically dedicated to all my Nikon shooter friends out there! (links for canon users too at end)

Many of you have asked me what I use for my off camera flash lighting. So here it is for about 500.00 you can be shooting with a couple of off camera flashes and wirelessly adjust them each, all without walking across the room!

beach sparkler exit on the boardwalk in Massachusetts

And they’re great for fun sparkler photos too!

three godox speed lights sitting on a white background

I’m not real techie and do not do math problems for fun. I just like things to work when my mind is thinking about 1,000 different things at the end of a wedding ceremony and getting ready for a reception. This Godox set up is it for me. It works. That’s all I need. I use the Godox TT685 speed lights. They can be slaves and be controlled by a controller on the camera or the flash can be the master and control other tt685 flashes.

godox X1t controller for nikon

And this thing, I refer to it as “my magic box.” It goes on my camera and can “Speak to” all off camera flashes around the room, turn them on, off, power up, power down. Then you’ll notice the hot shoe on top of it, so I can stack a speed light right on top and have on camera fill lighting. This is for Nikon it’s the X1t N. They make these for other brands too and have a  C in the name for Canon, S for Sony and so on.

When I first got this I thought setting it up to communicate would require some crazy complicated scrolling through menus and holding down multiple buttons all at once until lights flashed from the heavens or something. Nope, it was as simple as turning both the  slave flash to channel 1 and the controller to channel 1, set them to the same group, and BOOM! It fires the flash just like that.

gold chiavari chairs at wedding reception in Kingston GA at White Columns venue.

Here you can sorta see one of my lights on the left. There was cold blue light coming from all the windows and inside on the left there was really orange lighting. So here I’ve over powered that light I didn’t like with my off camera flash.

s bracket for mounting off camera flash onto a light stand

Bonus

This thing hitches the flash onto the top of a light stand. It’s called and S Bracket I don’t know why, because nothing about it looks like an S to me!

maha battery charger with powerx battery\ies and eneloop batteries

One more bonus item that you won’t be able to live without once you get one. The  MAHA battery charger. What’s so great about it? Well, it charges each battery individually. Whereas the little chargers that come with say the eneloop batteries and other chargers will only charge all batteries until the one battery becomes full. Then it stops charging, even if the others are not full.

I get all this stuff from Tim of Flashgear.net. I like him because 1, he speaks English, is in the USA, is a photographer himself, replies to my questions when I ask what should I get to work with XXX existing gear I already own. Ships super fast even when he’s sick. And hosts this helpful beginner’s guide to OCF and speed light fundamentals group on facebook.

If you order through these links I’ll get a small percentage of the sale. 🙂

 

The list:

flash: Godox TT685 Nikon or TT685 Canon version

Controller: X1t Nikon  or  X1t Canon version

Bonus items

Bracket: S Bracket

AA Battery Charger: MAHA battery charger

Batteries: Powerex

Light stand: 10′ Air cushioned stand

 

How to set up the X1t Controller

Video from Robert Hall

wedding invitation on cream colored tulle. And wedding dress hung un on vintage wood framed mirror

This was photographed with OCF on a gray rainy morning in a room with orange toned led lighting that every so often flickered a blue tone. And the windows were giving a slight green cast. EXTREMELY irritating! So I just turned down the room lights and over powered the room with my OCF.

cheering crowd of people in front of the stage at The Venue Chattanooga.

This was after dark. In this photo you can see my 3 OCF placed around the room.

interior of the Venue Chattanooga bathed in hot pink uplighting for a full crowd dancing to a band

The Beauty of the radio controlled OCF is I can turn off or adjust power individually on each flash without walking across the room! Here, Same room. Same night. I wanted to show the uplighting so I just shut off each OCF for the shot.

Just like shooting in day light, you can tell the story however you like.

 

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