So you finally picked up a flash. Congratulations! One of the most exciting moments for any photographer is that first time you trigger an off-camera flash. This feeling of power courses through your veins. You immediately start thinking about all the places your tiny, battery-powered light will fit. The possibilities are endless. Once you have that strobe, you are no longer a slave to your environment. Too dark? Too sunny? Harsh tungsten light? Every problematic scenario can now be resolved with the use of strobes.

When most photographers pull their strobe out of their camera bag, it’s typically because it’s a last resort. And they almost always throw it on their camera, add a dome-light diffuser, and call it a day. In doing this, ...

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