For Photographers of All Skill levels since 2005
This has been completed.
Thank you to all who attended and helped with this event. It went fairly smooth. For those that attended, here is a link to a hot shoe adapter that will work with the wire that you received. I have not personally tried this unit and I include the link for illustrative purposes only not as a recommendation.
Here are some tips for using your new flash trigger:
Use a fresh 9V battery. Most inconsistencies are caused by a bad or low battery.
Use your flash on 'MANUAL MODE'. Do not use TTL or eTTL. This may cause inconsistencies in the flash firing.
Remember that flash intensity is based on duration. The brighter your flash, the longer the duration. This means that the the faster your motion, the lower your flash power should be to keep everything sharp. Try long exposures combined with a self timer.
A typical scenario would be to: Set the camera on a tripod.
Set your self timer.
Pre-focus and then turn your camera to manual focus(use something high in contrast to obtain the correct focus point. A bar code from a soda can works well)
Set the camera in manual mode.
Choose appropriate aperture based on flash intensity. If you do not have a meter, start at f8 and take a test shot.
Set a long shutter speed such as 4 seconds
Dim the lights in the room. It does not need to be pitch black but it does need to pretty dark. A dim light in the distance will allow you to work.
Start the self timer on your camera, trigger the flash with whatever you are trying to photograph. Review and repeat.
To vary the delay, move the flash trigger closer or further from the sound source.