Michael's note: sorry to bore you guys, but everybody has been asking for this...
This is part 1 of a lighting series that I will be posting over the next week. I am going to cover speed lights from top to bottom (at least uncover what I know about these little lights). I will go over my shooting style, what gear I use (and why) and break down all the messy technical stuff that a lot of people may find confusing.
I cut my teeth on off camera flash from reading the strobist forum and buying Zack Arias’ Onelight DVD. I have spent the last year and a half experimenting and I am to share with you journey with speed lights. I am going to take what I learned from different photographers and try to explain in my own words. I ain’t some technical math wizard either; I have a stinkin’ degree in English Literature. I am going to try and make this stuff easy to understand. I will also go beyond using just one light: I'm going to show you all the tricks I know and I might even do a little experimenting along the way.
Enjoy the series! Please comment and tell me what you think. What did I miss? How can I help? Do my videos suck?
Links to where I bought my gear:
I use Cyber Sync transmitters and receivers. The little boogers fire every time and even work behind walls/windows. I love them and they are around $130 for a set. No, they don’t pay me! http://www.alienbees.com/cybersync.html
B&H for my stands, modifiers, accessories, etc. You can occasionally find used gear on their site too. I trust these guys and they are easy to deal with. A little NY attitude…but that doesn’t bother me: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/
Craigslist.org, ebay and amazon for used gear. I highly recommend buying used when you can to save money. The only piece of used gear I don’t recommend buying is a camera.
Lighten up and shoot!