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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Monolights & Strobes

Gear options for powerful and fast illumination to capture the action or create amazing effects

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CONNECTIONS AND TRIGGERS

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Depending on the model, there are a few different ways to trigger monolights. A PC (Prontor-Compur) cord connects the PC connection on the light head to the PC jack on the camera to sync the shutter with the flash. PC connections are dumb, so they'll only trigger a strobe. They won't transmit metering or other information. Not all DSLRs include a PC jack, either, and the cord is generally too short for work on location and sometimes even in studios.

Infrared is most often found in TTL flash systems where the camera and dedicated flash communicate with each other to establish the best metering. Infrared is limited by line-of-sight, as are optical slaves, which detect a burst of light from the master light to trigger secondary light systems.

Wireless radio triggers are a much more reliable choice over infrared and optical slaves. There are systems available for using the TTL functions of your camera, as well. Popular manufacturers include Impact, Interfit, PocketWizard, RadioPopper, MicroSync, Vello and others. Manufacturers such as Bowens, Broncolor and Elinchrom produce their own systems, as well.

RESOURCES
Bowens International
www.bowensdirect.com
Dynalite
www.dynalite.com
Elinchrom
elinchrom.us
F.J. Westcott
www.fjwestcott.com
Flashpoint (Adorama)

www.adorama.com
Impact Studio Lighting
www.impactstudiolighting.com

Interfit Photographic
www.interfitphotographic.com
Paul C. Buff

www.paulcbuff.com
Photoflex

www.photoflex.com

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