Making My Flash A Slave
Posted on 12 February 2010
Yesterday I mentioned that you can add a hotshoe adapter to an SB-600 to give it a flash sync port. Well, if you want your inexpensive flash to be able to work as a flash activated strobe, there’s one more add-on. When you make a flash work in slave mode, you can’t use any flash system that uses a preflash. In other words, if you’re using a camera that triggers other flashes with a strobe preflash, a “dumb” slave flash will fire when the first preflash fires, before the primary flash fires, and it won’t be able to fire the split second later when needed. Therefore you need to be using a primary strobe that doesn’t preflash, like a studio strobe.
There are some hotshoe adapters that, by themselves, can fire a flash. Unfortunately for me, I couldn’t find one that was compatible with my SB-600. But the good news is that, using the flash sync cable hotshoe adapter I mentioned yesterday, I can use a $12 flash slave adapter that plugs into a flash sync port. That does work. Where’d I get it?… Flash Zebra of course.