How to Block Light from the Pop-up Flash when triggering an OCF on a Slave Mode | Photography DIY

When working with flashes it’s preferable to use the flash off camera for many reasons which I may get into in another video. and many flashes and speedlights can be controlled remotely with a trigger. But the cheaper flashes usually don’t support this feature, and the only way you can use them off camera is by setting them on a slave mode.

When a flash is set on a slave mode, it waits to pick up on another flash that’s firing near by and it fires right after. You have your main or master flash that fires first and a slave flash that fires right after. You can use your camera built-in or pop up flash as a master flash, but whenever you add a slave to the master you are using two flashes.

In a small space where you have both your flashes close to the subject that you are photographing you probably don’t need that much light, and you may want to limit things just to using the OCF… but how exactly do you do it in that situation?

If you are facing this challenge that probably means that, for whatever reason, getting more expensive equipment that can be controlled remotely isn’t an option for you right now otherwise you would have done that instead.

That’s absolutely fine – you don’t always have to relay on expensive gear.

I believe that a good photographer is the one who is able to adjust,
and work with any equipment, under any circumstances.


The best thing about the popup flash is that is tiny so there is a very easy way to limit the light coming from it, watch my video to see how.


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