Lighting remotes and triggers open up a world of creative possibility through off-camera flash. With off-camera flash, your lighting can be as flexible and sophisticated as your imagination allows. Set up one or multiple flash units as and where desired and enjoy complete, synchronised control over your lights from behind your camera.
CameraPro carries an extensive selection of wireless flash remotes and triggers—with features ranging from basic infrared flash triggering to TTL or manual metering and multi-channel/group control—to suit different setups and budgets.
Light is the most important feature you can control to make a great photograph. This is why speedlights are such great tools; mounted on your camera’s hotshoe, they let you quickly and easily create great light in many situations. However, this method is rarely going to give you the results you need to stand out.
Off-camera flash (be it speedlight/s or studio light/s) gives you infinitely more flexibility over where your light source is positioned and directed. With OCF you can selectively illuminate one or more elements in a scene, from any angle and often from a considerable distance. Flash remotes and wireless triggers/transmitters are the key to unlocking this potential.
Just as your desire for a set of specific lenses might drive your choice of a camera system, your need for particular flash functions might drive your choice of flash triggering system. So you’ll want to be sure to think about the types of photos you hope to capture.
You’ll also need a system that’s compatible with your lights. All the major brands make their own proprietary systems, and there’s a great selection of third party products that deliver exceptional value.
Basic wireless flash triggers essentially do one thing: fire an off-camera flash (when you press your camera’s shutter) by sending a signal to a compatible receiver (either built into or attached to the flash). Triggers and receivers can be purchased individually, as kits or as two-in-one transceivers.
More advanced triggers (sometimes called ‘remotes’) offer more functions. Depending on the model, you may be able to switch between TTL and manual mode, power your flash up or down, engage rear curtain or high speed sync, and/or change the power ratios between your lights, thereby entirely dictating the style of your photo. Often, these remotes also let you configure multiple flash channels or groups to avoid interference with other nearby systems.
An essential factor to consider is the flash sync speed. Many cheap wireless triggers will not allow you to use your camera’s full flash sync speed, which could affect the sharpness of your photos.
Signal Type: Infrared vs Radio
While infrared can be a great way to get started with off-camera flash, radio is a definite step up.
Infrared remote control devices work well if the transmitter and receiver are within view of each other. But for remote shooting over longer distances, and for remote operation of equipment around corners or through walls/objects (e.g. in backlighting situations), you’ll need wireless transmitters and receivers that communicate via radio waves rather than infrared. Radio also overcomes infrared’s limitations in bright sunlight.
CameraPro stocks a wide assortment of flash remotes, triggers, receivers and transceivers compatible with major speedlight and studio lighting brands. We’re an authorised retailer of leading remote and trigger brands including Profoto, PocketWizard, Phottix, Elinchrom and Bowens, so each product comes with a full Australian warranty for your peace of mind.