Speedlight Accessories

In the UK we say “flash” and in the USA they say “strobes”. Either way using them for more complex lighting scenarios has become all the rage and the technique has become commonly know as strobist or even strobism. But let’s face it, all we are talking about is adding light and how we add light to our subject, preferably without having to spend a small fortune on a load of studio kit, ranger packs and generators! In this video Karl takes a look at some setups for strobists and some tips on how to make your flash work better and more effectively.


  1. Hi Karl,

    I understand that you in general prefer to not use speedlites but I was still wondering… When it comes to speedlites, what are the most important features to look at when buying? I understand it might all depend on your purpose with the light to begin with.
    I guess what I really want to ask is, what makes a speedlite better than another besides more power and is it worth the extra costs?
    The price range of different speedlites is really big. I’ve seen that it can range from $60 to even $1000 if not more.

    1. Hi Jacques, if you were going for an $800 speedlite then I would instantly say go for a studio light instead. The most restrictive thing about speedlites is lack of power and/or lack of modifiers and the efficiency of their use. Although you will see me achieve great images with speedlites in Karl Taylor Education but it is just a bit more fiddly. I’ve used cheap speedlites and the light quality is OK but reliability and consistency of power is not always good but I’ve had some cheap ones work well enough for a while.

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