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    Multiple off-camera flash with film?

    I've been intrigued by The Strobist's blog and all of the multiple off-camera flash setups.

    Unfortunately, trial-and-error isn't the best strategy for film.

    I've found the Nikon SU-4 that can be used to trigger off-camera speedlites and still retain TTL metering. I may give that a try.

    Anyone else have experience with manual configuration of multiple off-camera flash with film?

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    I do. I use canon and a similar setup - the STE2 to fire up to 3 speedlites in different modifiers. I did learn on a digi - so no pointers from me as far as starting in film. Studio lights are always tricky.

    I have found that I don't like my usual light setup with B&W film though - I prefer either a single hard light or natural light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBaz View Post

    Unfortunately, trial-and-error isn't the best strategy for film.
    How about a hand-held light meter.

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    Two words: flash meter.

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    I have used for years used multiple flash, usually studio strobes. I use a flash meter, would be hard to do without.
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    TTL/ETTL II isn't imposible but it can be fooled if you aren't well versed in reflectivity.
    I usually use older Sunpack/Norman or Lumedyne in manual with modifiers and a sekonic L358

    No surprises that way.

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    Trial & Error is the way to do it with digital. I have watched like 2 hours worth of video from Nikon about their so great TTL CLS system for multiple flash unit. And I learn that it's all Trial & Error. So with film just have everything in manual and use a flash meter like others have recommended. Using TTL for multiple flash setup I don't think it would work as I have not seen or know about someone who can set up such a setup and got the right result the first shot. It's always trial and error and if it is then the Auto TTL is basically just get in the way.

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    I use an old Gossen flash meter, modeling lights (when available) and for complicated set-ups, I test with a DSLR (no different than Polaroid tests back in the day).
    Nikon 35mm, Mamiya 645 & RB67, Leica IIIb, other bits and pieces

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    The hardest part about strobes isn't how much light to use - yes that's easy with a Meyer - its where to place them effectively. Unlike continuous lights, you cannot see how they fall on the subject until after the shot. Hence the trial and error...
    Last edited by Katie; 01-28-2012 at 07:12 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: iPhone autocorrect

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    I have the orginal White Lighting strobe with modeling lights. The modeling lights are not as bright as the more expensinve units however, they do help a lot.
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