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    Posted: 24 Nov 2010 at 12:18pm
Hi all.

I've been doing some research and have found that a lot of photographers use flash guns on a stand with an umbrella for on location fashion shots. I am thinking of doing the same, simply because they are more portable. But I am wondering how I can trigger these without using commander mode, because I would think the extra flash from the camera could ruin the lighting?

I've seen various radio triggers on warehouseexpress, but at almost £200 each, this will cost a lot to trigger 2-3 flash guns. Can you buy one receiver and use one of the flash guns to trigger the others? If anyone has some info on this and can suggest some equipment to use that would be great.

Cheers

Chris

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Hi
What type of flash guns are you using? And at what distances
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There are tons of cheap wireless flash trigger sets on ebay, just check the feedbacks on a few sets to see if they are worth buying or not. I know a lot of folk like Alienbees but they are expensive compared to the ebay jobs.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Spark Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Aug 2011 at 12:57pm
Some can be triggered by an IR trigger; there are cheaper wireless transmitters here:

www.studio-flash.com

Hope this helps *s*
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Use your commander mode and turn the flash head away from the subject, if your outside nothing will be affected.
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I use canon 580 ex II on my 5d markII camera this is set as master and set to not fire. when the trigger is pressed it will fire a pre burst. However this will only activate the slave flash mounted on a light stand. the pre burst you see is not in sync with the shutter therfore it is not captured. To do this your slave flash needs to be in line of sight to trigger it. This is great if you want to use TTL (Through The Lens) metering. If you want to use a slave flash lets say behind a door then you will reguire a radio trigger EBAY for about £15.00 Infrared will not work in this situation. You can use a TTL off camera flash cord. I have used 5 x 3mtr lengths of these conected together, giving me 15 meters of cable to playwith. You can buy these on ebay too I paid approx £35 each.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fab Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2012 at 4:13pm
I would recommend wireless transmitters. The problem with infra red is that there are many situations when they will not work. We use Elinchrom skyport. We have one transmitter and a number of receivers that plug into our flashes. The problem with flash guns is that if you are using them outside in bright sunlight, they may not give off enough light to to trigger each other. We find that we do need a receiver for each one in order to make sure that they all go off.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Spark Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Feb 2012 at 6:53pm
I originally used an IR transmitter from interfit (it worked fine) but now have godox wireless triggers from studio direct (elemental)which also work fine.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jssm Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Feb 2012 at 7:35pm
I use this
http://youtu.be/Q7d5X5PMZY8
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Hello,

I use a Cactus V5 to radio trigger my flash.
Just keep in mind only manual flash will work NO TTL.

If you need TTL you'll have to look at Pocket Wizard Mini and Flex

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