Off camera flash can take your portrait photography to the next level without breaking the bank


posted Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 12:58 PM EDT


You don't necessarily need an expensive strobe to take advantage of beautiful off-camera lighting. Photographer Manuel Ortiz has published a new video showing the difference that moving your speedlite off-camera can make when shooting portraits. The best part? You don't need to spend a lot of money to do this. You can purchase a transmitter, umbrella and light stand for less than US$100.

Using his Sony A7R II with a Sony G Master 85mm f/1.4 lens, Ortiz shows in real-time the differences in portraits captured using ambient light, on-camera flash and then finally off-camera flash. It's not surprising for people who have experience with flash just how much better the results with off-camera flash can be, but this is an excellent illustration for those just getting started with artificial light.

For lighting gear, Ortiz uses a Godox X1T transmitter and a Flashpoint R2 speedlite. With the flash on a stand and shooting through an umbrella, the off-camera flash results look great.

You can view more of Ortiz's videos on his YouTube channel and you can check out one of his videos we covered where he discusses how to get great results using only a single light for outdoor portraits here.

To see more of his work, be sure to visit his website.

(Seen via DIY Photography