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Pull Back – OCF (off camera flash)

I did a school yesterday. A beautiful school where kids are free to explore the woods, get muddy and play in the rain. I was so excited because I knew I’d be free to photograph the kids being who they want to be. And the all wanted to be on the tire swing! Unfortunately, I can’t share photos with the kids in them (no signed release to do so) but I wanted to show you a pull-back of my off camera flash and a before & after of the results of adding a little light.

I used OCF (off camera flash): 430ex Canon Speedlite on 1/3 power and a shoot-through umbrella.

  • Michaela

    I am debating on getting a shoot through umbrella or a foldable softbox… do you use your umbrella in studio as well? Which do you prefer – umbrellas or softboxes?

  • stephanie simpson

    Wow, what an awesome school! You’ll have to share pictures if you get any releases! = ) Thanks full the pullback pictures. OCF can be intimidating sometimes.

  • christy combs

    This is exactly the kind of stuff I love seeing to help me learn! How do you power the flash outside?

  • elizabethhalford

    @Christy: Like this:

  • AngieS

    Thank you for the post. Could you possibly provide details of the stand, umbrella, etc., that you use for this set-up?

  • elizabethhalford

    @Michaela: I prefer a soft box but don’t yet have a fully portable one so I just brought my umbrella along. The stand is a lighting stand (not a tripod) and the attachment between the flash unit and the stand is an adapter from Interfit called the ‘Interfit Strobies Umbrella Holder with Hot Shoe Adapter’.