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Connecting the sync cable

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In my hands, I have a cable that's important. I can click it into here, and it works perfectly.

Connecting the sync cable

In my hands, I have a cable that's important. In fact, you're probably going to want to have more than one of these, so you don't lose it. >> And it. >> And what's it for? >> Well, first of all, is, this the cable that you use immediately. Because you have no idea what it's for when you're unpacking. >> You're look, well this goes into my iPhone. But I don't know what this end's for. >> So I'll just put it way. But then you realize you've really hurt yourself because this is the magic cable that allows your camera to trigger one of these flashes. >> So, I'm just going to go ahead and take that in, and plug it into the sync port. It may trigger the light when you first plug it in.

But now we've got a hard link to the light, and. >> And this is basically called the PC connection. It has nothing to do with, you know, personal computers. It was long before that. >> Yes. >> And on most cameras you'll have some sort of connection probably behind one of the little rubber grommets. >> Yeah. >> And you can simply plug that in. And all that's going to happen is when I snap my shutter it's going to send a pulse to this light. The lights going to pop and then cause the other lights to pop.

>> Alright. So, go head and fire that off. >> Let me power it up. >> Good. >> And. Yep. >> Works perfectly. >> Now, that worked absolutely fine. I do recommend you get more than one of these. Some are, usually it's fairly industry standard. Like, this is just a generic brand cable but your light kit, if you bought it in a kit, may come with one. It's fairly standard, right, like can you take that and plug it in here? >> Well, you can and you can't. >> Okay. >> Because this is kind of like what you would see on your phone. >> Yeah. >> It's, it's a mini.

But, this one uses a quarter inch. So, I need to use an adapter and it's a basic adapter. >> And this is like the same type of one I would use if I wanted to plug a pair of earbud headphones into an old style jack. >> And pop it in. I can click it into here, and it works perfectly. Yup. So idea here is just make sure you're familiar with what type of connections you have on your lights. Chances are, it's going to be using either the smaller eighth inch or the quarter inch type jack. But it is fairly standard, and this is a low tech, but reliable method.

And, and I always find this to be my backup method. I don't make this the primary one because I'm not crazy about being tethered if I don't have to be tethered. I might be tethered if I'm shooting tethered shooting for a laptop. But there's times I want to really move around. And one more cable swinging behind me is one more chance of knocking a light onto the ground. >> Or knocking myself onto the ground. >> Yeah. >> Now, you can these in different lens. And I'll tell you, the times that they've saved me is outside. There's been many times when I've been outside and I don't have a good radio signal, I don't have a good optical signal, it's too bright.

I need something physical and these have come in and saved the day. >> So, think of it as your backup and your backup. Always have more than one sync cable. Use it as that hard lying method, like if the wireless stuff fails or you have too much interference from the environment, use this to ensure you get the accurate shooting. But there are two other methods to use and up next, we're going to explore how to pair the camera wirelessly to trigger the flashes.

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Up and Running with Studio Strobes

62 video lessons · 5520 viewers

Richard Harrington and Abba Shapiro
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  1. 4m 6s
    1. Welcome
      2m 4s
    2. What you should know to get the most from this course
      2m 2s
  2. 6m 26s
    1. Shooting with strobes
      1m 23s
    2. Strobe lighting allows you to shoot with an increased depth of field
      58s
    3. Strobe lighting has faster recharge times than flashes
      1m 39s
    4. Strobe lighting is good at freezing action
      48s
    5. Strobe lighting offers many modifiers to shape light
      1m 38s
  3. 7m 34s
    1. Continuous lighting is easier for a beginner to understand
      1m 47s
    2. Continuous lighting makes it easier to achieve soft-light looks
      2m 57s
    3. Continuous lighting is useful if mixing video into the shoot
      2m 50s
  4. 20m 47s
    1. Buying piecemeal vs. buying a kit
      2m 29s
    2. Criteria for selecting lights
      5m 57s
    3. How many lights do you need?
      3m 0s
    4. How much power do you need
      5m 37s
    5. Mixing brands
      3m 44s
  5. 16m 40s
    1. Monolights and flash heads
      2m 22s
    2. Reflectors and diffusers
      3m 54s
    3. Lighting stands and booms
      3m 49s
    4. Power pack or power supplies
      4m 29s
    5. Sync cable
      2m 6s
  6. 19m 7s
    1. Handling the lamp or bulb
      2m 52s
    2. The role of the modeling light
      4m 36s
    3. Keeping lights cool
      1m 46s
    4. The master and slave relationship for lighting
      4m 5s
    5. Essential controls
      5m 48s
  7. 14m 59s
    1. Connecting the sync cable
      3m 16s
    2. Using a wireless transmitter
      7m 7s
    3. Slaving with a speedlight
      4m 36s
  8. 34m 6s
    1. Setting shutter sync speed
      4m 56s
    2. Setting an initial aperture and ISO
      2m 28s
    3. Controlling power output
      3m 1s
    4. Moving lights (the inverse-square rule)
      2m 8s
    5. Using a light meter in camera
      4m 4s
    6. Using an external light meter
      1m 45s
    7. Test shooting with one light at a time
      2m 5s
    8. Putting it all together
      1m 39s
    9. Controlling exposure with power or aperture
      1m 6s
    10. Refining exposure with ISO
      1m 39s
    11. Tethering to a laptop
      5m 22s
    12. Checking the shots on a computer
      3m 53s
  9. 31m 38s
    1. Modifying strobe lights
      1m 9s
    2. Bouncing the light with a reflector
      4m 26s
    3. Bouncing the light with a bounce card
      1m 12s
    4. Shaping the light with a beauty dish
      3m 5s
    5. Diffusing the light with an umbrella
      5m 50s
    6. Diffusing the light with a softbox
      4m 49s
    7. Focusing the light with a snoot
      6m 58s
    8. Modeling the light with grids and honeycombs
      2m 2s
    9. Using flags to restrict the light
      2m 7s
  10. 14m 50s
    1. Three-light setup
      6m 52s
    2. Three-light dramatic portrait
      4m 59s
    3. Four-light setup
      2m 59s
  11. 46m 56s
    1. Take the challenge
      55s
    2. Solution
      29s
    3. Portrait challenge 1
      8m 6s
    4. Portrait challenge 2
      3m 10s
    5. Portrait challenge 3
      12m 55s
    6. Portrait challenge 4
      3m 19s
    7. Portrait challenge 5
      4m 28s
    8. Portrait challenge 6
      9m 5s
    9. Portrait challenge 7
      4m 29s
  12. 39s
    1. Next steps
      39s

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