While the rage may be LED lights and very portable strobes, it is still hard to beat the ease and simplicity of good old speedlights. Most of us have at least one, if not more in our camera bag, and I always carry two of them with me whenever I’m shooting. So, why not dust off those speedlights and brush up on some great ways to use them with this great video?
This video from Damien Lovegrove is 2 1/2 hours of speedlight photography, but don’t let the duration stop you from watching it. Whether you are new to photography and have just one speedlight that you aren’t quite sure what to do with or you're a seasoned photographer looking for inspiration, this video is well worth watching. The video is from several years ago, so some of the wireless technology Lovegrove references is dated, but the same principals still apply for using speedlights today. The video goes into 23 different setups from very basic with an almost run and gun approach to more complex configurations with softboxes and multiple flashes.
After watching the video, I found myself thinking of different ways I could use my existing speedlights other than a last resort light source I carry in my camera bag. Over the winter, I’ve been developing some shoots outside for the warmer months, and after watching the video, I think I’m going to challenge myself to incorporate some speedlights into a couple of the shoots.
Do you still love your speedlights? Why not share some of your favorite speedlight shots!