Shooting Star : Flash, Lights + Pocket Wizards


After a few days of running around like mad and working at my desk (none of which require me to, oh, say, look even remotely presentable), I took a shower and got dressed. Oh, Internet, the way JD looked at me when I reappeared downstairs was like he saw an old friend for the first time in years. Oh, THERE you are! Geesh, I really need to, like, wear lipgloss or something so these transformations aren’t so intense. This, of course, led me to think we should do another installment of Shooting Star because I doubted I’d be out of sweatpants the rest of the week.

In this video, I’ll be discussing Lighting…
*Two handheld lights we use: 1. Sunpack Readylite 20 and 2. DotLine Video LED Light
*If I use flash outdoors and if I use standard flash settings when shooting a reception.
*Working with videographers and dealing with their light set-ups during a reception
*How I attach my Pocket Wizard to my camera and still have the ability to mount an on-camera flash.
*I won’t be discussing my off-camera light set up since I blogged about it HERE.

Also, please note…
*I spoke WAY too much in this video. I annoyed myself.
*I wore my wedding ring in this video. So now those inquiring minds won’t wonder anymore! πŸ˜‰

Like always, you can submit questions for future FAQs on Facebook!

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    January 20th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    No you stay fabulous! Love the Shooting Star videos…very cool! Thanks for sharing as always!

  2. Penny

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Great info and ideas! I think lighting is key to great photography (and I don’t mean just the use of off camera lights – I mean any lighting – sun, reflectors, lights). Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sarah Danaher

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    super, super helpful. Thanks so much for taking the time to do these!!

  4. Shuva Rahim

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Awesome post! Thanks for the explanation, especially on the LED light.

  5. Adriana H.G.

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Great video!! Thanks as always for taking the time to do this! πŸ™‚ You rock!!! BTW, maybe in a next FAQ video you could help us by telling us what is the criteria you use to choose which photos to turn to black and white? I just have NO IDEA when a kiss photo will look better in B&W or in colors… Thanks again and kiss Polo for me! πŸ™‚

  6. Tina

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    PERFECT, I’d say that was a wrap! Thanks so much for the awesome post and video/ loaded with lots of great tips! Thanks for Sharing and as alwasy – "KIR" – South Ga Friend, Tina

  7. maryana

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Jasmine, as usual, you rocked it. thank you for being honest and so informative. Can’t wait for the next episode.

  8. JC Ruiz

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I find these videos so helpful and full of information. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Oakstream Photography

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Oh I liked this segment. Thanks millions! Great info!

  10. steve

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    The new pocketwizard miniTT1 allows you to mount the wizard to your hotshoe of your camera and then mount your flash to the hotshoe of the miniTT1, works awesome…

  11. Kate Douthwright

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Great post! Flash is my biggest obsticle right now. I’ll take any advice I can get. πŸ™‚


    January 20th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    these short little bursts of information are invaluable!! thanks for caring enough to share your work + life with all of us. you ROCK!

  13. Megan@ COUTUREmotion Films

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Everything in this post was….dare I say it…illuminating. (yeah, I crack myself up.) Seriously. Thanks for the tips. And as a videographer, thank you for not throwing us under the bus. So many photographers have had such bad experiences with other videographers, that when they meet us (my husband and I) they already have an attitude. I’m with you. We are on the same team!!!! Let’s help each other out! Anyway, thanks so much for these posts! Keep em coming.
    And now two silly questions. Love the NY Times wallpaper. Did you stick those up yourself? How did you get them up there? I’m curious because I conduct a lot of interviews with my clients and that’s a perfect base background. Secondly. Love the necklace! Where did you get that?

  14. laura

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    So were there questions to whether or not you were married? Haa haa
    Thanks for the awesomeness!

  15. Dawn and Michael Mitchell

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Jasmine we want to thank you again for your continued interest in helping us (all) better our photography skills. We both love the videos you are creating, please keep doing them. And if you are ever in Northern Indiana give us a call!

  16. anouschka

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Love your videos Jasmine! Great info yet again πŸ™‚

  17. Kenna Klosterman

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks Jasmine! Stay Fabulous yourself! ; )

  18. Becky

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you so much! My husband DJ’s, and even with all of the weddings we go to, I have not seen one photographer with this much equipment. Most often they are only using an on-board flash! I appreciate seeing it deconstructed and know the reasons behind it all.

  19. Serendipity Photography

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks Jasmine.. been thinking about getting the LED light for a while. This model is much cheaper than the one we saw at Imaging USA!

  20. Jessica Hunt

    January 20th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Jasmine ! You never talk too much, trust me.
    Also, do the world a favor and write a book . πŸ™‚

  21. Claudia

    January 20th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I L.O.V.E. your video posts!!!

  22. Emily Dobson

    January 20th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I love Shooting Star! I LOVE the pocket wizard rig. And someday…when I’m able…I’m going to rig mine the same way! Woot!

  23. Evie Perez

    January 20th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks for a great blog post!!! You need to have polo make a guest appearance on you shooting star videos πŸ˜‰

  24. Vincent de Vries

    January 20th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I ‘paste’ my Pocket Wizard with some velcro on the head of the flash

  25. Carrie K

    January 20th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I second the idea of having Polo make a guest appearance! πŸ™‚ Well done and all of what you said was very helpful-not too much talk at all. THANK YOU!

  26. Dustin Stone

    January 20th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Jasmine, great video. Wanted to throw in my $.02. I use an adapter for my On+Off Camera flash setup that cost about $12 and I think is sleeker and more versatile.
    Thanks for the great blog!

  27. Marissa Rodriguez

    January 20th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Hahahahahaha! I totally get what you mean about the ‘transformations’ being intense. That is the story of my life! Anyway, awesome video thank you!

  28. Yuliya

    January 20th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you, seriously! A big thank you. I had those questions, and I really want to learn how to be in control of every lighting situation and this was very helpful. Can’t wait till the next video πŸ˜‰

  29. Karen Taggart

    January 20th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    While watching your video my husband, Reid, asked "who’s that?" and I said "that’s my favorite photographer Jasmine Star whose going to photograph us for our 25th anniversary this fall! She’s in California!" (I’m dreaming here…) His response? "Let’s do it! And we can visit your Aunt Mary in San Diego too!" You gotta love supportive hubbies! πŸ™‚

  30. quicoto

    January 20th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Great vΓ­deo Jasmine.

    I need to test everything you said πŸ˜›

    Looks a little bit difficult though.

    Thanks for sharing.

  31. Christy Cundiff

    January 20th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Miss Jasmine, stop saying you talk too much! We eat up every word you speak! : ) Thank you for sharing a bit more of your wisdom with us.

  32. Noa

    January 20th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    J* – I just wanted to say that you always make me smile!! Thanks for being fabulous πŸ™‚

  33. Elisabeth Carol

    January 20th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    So so great Jasmine! Loving these more and more every week! I agree…Polo should make a guest appearance!

  34. Chung Nguyen

    January 20th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Another great episode! And P.S., I don’t think you were talking too much or too fast. Don’t be so hard on yourself, lady. P.P.S. Any chance Polo can make a video appearance!?! πŸ˜€

  35. Whitney Moore

    January 20th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Jasmine – you read my mind – that is the exact FAQ post I was wanting to hear! Thanks again for a great workshop and for continuing to educate.

    Love the ring, btw. JD is tha bomb:-)

  36. Manya K.

    January 20th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    This was a great video, thank you! And your ring looks really pretty! πŸ™‚

  37. maggie fortson

    January 20th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks so much Jasmine. You are so sweet to share πŸ™‚

  38. Annetta

    January 20th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I agree with Jessica about writing a book…with lots of photos!

  39. Romonia Isaac

    January 20th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Loved this installment of shooting star! Great tips/advice on off camera lighting and other lighting devices and techniques! Since we can only see the top portion of your body…I love that top!!! Not sure if it’s a dress or not but it is super cute!

  40. Dorelies

    January 20th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I love love love your video-posts. Can’t get enough of them!

  41. Noelia Kline

    January 20th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I don’t think you spoke TOO much, it was perfect. Thank you again for your insight on how you do things. It always helps me out since I’m always freaking out about doing things right. Thanks again!

  42. Elizabeth

    January 20th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I look forward every week to Shooting Star!!! Thanks for doing this Jasmine!!! I love it and all your advice is great!

  43. chesley

    January 20th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    love this! i just bought a rig from Michael Bass- google it – to attach mine & it’s super easy & lays a little bit more flush for those that might be interested. I haven’t done any of this yet, but I’m gearing up to try it all out & this definitely helped! Thank you so much!!

  44. Jackie Lamas

    January 20th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    This is such a great video! Thanks for sharing. Quick question: I know you and JD shoot with Shootsacs but what do you carry all of the extras (like lighting) in? Do you have a seaparate bag?

  45. Life with Kaishon

    January 20th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you so much for taking the time to do these : )

  46. naomi chokr

    January 20th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    thank you thank you thank you for sharing the Dot line LED. great video

  47. Stephanie Dunham

    January 20th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Hi Jasmine,
    I am not a wedding photographer, I do some photography for fun. I mostly enjoy blog and information because I really like your personality, humor, and your work.

  48. Leah J.

    January 21st, 2011 at 12:00 am

    THANK YOU!!! I always appreciate info on outside lighting πŸ™‚

  49. Aimee

    January 21st, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Honestly, I wasn’t going to watch today because this is WAY beyond where I’m at, but then you said you wore your ring for inquiring minds. Since I just asked and you kindly responded, I watched the entire video. Lovely ring and you are still very sassy with that necklace πŸ™‚

  50. flaii

    January 21st, 2011 at 12:09 am

    JAZ! I will always adore you, thank you so much for taking the time and explain us all about your off-camera flash light settings and tips. πŸ™‚

    I don’t mind if you did these videos in sweats, I would still love you and love them! πŸ™‚

  51. LENA

    January 21st, 2011 at 12:16 am

    You definitely did not talk too much!! πŸ™‚ I love the advice, and hearing how you set everything up.

  52. Janelle Baptist

    January 21st, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Thanks for these! It’s really great to see how the pro’s work and what set up you use, you can learn a lot from a little bit πŸ™‚

  53. Jason

    January 21st, 2011 at 3:11 am

    You are just amazing Jasmine. Your energy and determination is contagious! Keep speaking! Don’t change a single thing.

  54. Jennie Baer

    January 21st, 2011 at 3:24 am

    I LOVE the video format you’re using Jasmine! I love having the visuals you give with your explanations.

    THANKS and lots of HUGS

  55. Christy

    January 21st, 2011 at 3:39 am

    I never thought to get those little LED lights for detail shots! That’s a great idea! So much easier than dealing with setting up so many off-camera flashes, etc. Thanks for the tips and links! πŸ™‚

  56. Jennifer

    January 21st, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Like the review and detail on lighting. I found out what the name of the piece of equipment you used to connect your camera to pocket wizard is called. The items are Manfrotto 014-14 Rapid Adapter – 5/8" Stud to 1/4-20" Thread and Manfrotto 118 Universal Short Spigot with Double Male Thread. About $15 dollars at B & H for both.

  57. Felix Lim

    January 21st, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Good stuff Jasmine, this video is very very very helpful.. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  58. Serena

    January 21st, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks for another great post Jasmine. I do have a question re your on camera flash. Obviously, you must shoot some vertical shots. What do you do with the flash in that case since your white bounce card doesn’t swivel?

  59. Laura Stricklin

    January 21st, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    So awesome! So great! Lovin this new way of answering questions!!! Hope its working for you so we can see more!! πŸ™‚

  60. Laura Gordon

    January 21st, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Awesome, awesome video! Thanks for all the info πŸ™‚

  61. MaΓ―a

    January 21st, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    YAY !! You answered me ! Thanks !! But I can add a word you have problems to pronounce to your list: my last name lol ! But I understand it’s not an easy one πŸ˜›
    Thanks for the links on top of the video too !

  62. jackie peters

    January 21st, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Jasmine! I just watched your new blog post and had a question about metering for the off camera flash (softbox). I am trying to use my brain here and would think you would just meter your on camera flash and let the softbox just be a fill light. Or am I wrong and you are metering for both? Seems a little much to meter for both in a reception situation, but if I am wrong please let me know! Thanks 4 all u do!!!!

  63. Josh Gooden

    January 21st, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks for the great post Jasmine! As a cinematographer, I really appreciated you encouraging photographers to work with us. We personally don’t use on camera lighting since we shoot with DSLRS and film, but I could see where that would conflict a little. Looking forward to more of these! :]

  64. Bill Davis

    January 21st, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Great post, certainly not too much talking. Keep it up, you’ll have all of your blogstalkers shooting at your level in no time!

  65. shani

    January 21st, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    As always, I learn so much form these videos and reading your blog, kind of an addict. I just wanted to point out, and someone may have done it (sorry for not ready the 67 comments posted already ) that even if you use a battery grip, the camera will still have the little hole for screwing in a tripod plate or a pocket wizard contraption.. πŸ™‚

  66. Shannah P.

    January 22nd, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Brilliant…loved the music!

  67. Sandra Benton

    January 22nd, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I haven’t even watched it yet and I’m impressed.
    You are a GREAT communicator!!!
    I like you and I don’t know you.
    You do not irritate – ever.
    Thank you for putting yourself out there so the rest of us can learn, watch and listen!

  68. James Reyes Photography

    January 22nd, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Thanks for covering that Jasmine. I will add that Pocket Wizard’s upcoming generation will allow a flash head to be mounted on top of them so that essentially you won’t have to struggle with velcro or a screw in mount.

  69. Deb Peluso

    January 22nd, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Thanks Jasmine!

  70. Amy Vogel

    January 22nd, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Can you adjust the intensity on the LED light like on most video lights? I think I want to get a couple! I do a bunch of event decor and food photography and those would be super handy.

  71. amanda thiessen

    January 22nd, 2011 at 2:26 am

    these are my favorite posts! so much learning! πŸ™‚

  72. Kelsey Anderson

    January 22nd, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Thanks for the tips! Just bought me a video light πŸ™‚

  73. Sarah Maizland

    January 22nd, 2011 at 5:09 am

    SO helpful! I am trying to make some off camera light purchases and I just referenced one of your older posts about the small light dome (16X22) that you use and I can not figure out how that is used in relation to your off camera lighting. Help!

  74. Ennio Felucci

    January 22nd, 2011 at 11:45 am

    How can you be so sweet? I haven’t ever seen a photographer cute like you πŸ™‚

  75. Sally

    January 22nd, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Great post! Love it, your videos are sooo good. The LED light is a fantastic tip, thank you for that.

  76. cassandra-m

    January 23rd, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I’m ending a long day of spring cleaning (yes in January) with a smile on my face cause I finished the day with your video. It makes my heart happy watching u share your knowledge….thanks!

  77. Shannon Wimberly

    January 23rd, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Jasmine!!! thank you!!

  78. Lucy Munoz

    January 23rd, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Thanks Jasmine! You never talk too much because we all want to hear what you have to say!! Thanks for all your help. I know that for me– even with all the classes I am currently taking (trying to ge better) your work is INSPIRATIONAL!!

  79. Kate Maxwell

    January 24th, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Thanks Jasmine! You are a good girl!

  80. Catherine

    January 24th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Brilliant as always Jasmine, thank you for sharing!

  81. Joanne F

    January 25th, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Thanks so much for the info! BTW, the hole in the bottom of your camera is how you mount to the tripod and there is another one in the grip so you can use your setup either way! Just wanted to add that in case others didn’t clue into what you were doing with your set up. Love ya!

  82. Jenn

    January 25th, 2011 at 3:48 am

    When using the pocket wizard what do you set your camera/flash to to get them to both trigger at the same time? Does your flash have to be set to slave, etc? I have the same set up but cant get my pw’s to trigger both flashes at the same time.

  83. JamieY

    January 25th, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Thanks, you rock.

  84. Dan

    January 25th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing with us. I appreciate it.

  85. Cathy Deschamps

    January 25th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Thanks Jasmine for the tip on using the videographer’s light to your advantage. I read so many photographers complaining about the video set up. I’m a big fan of Switronix lights for my constant source.

  86. Josephine

    January 26th, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Hoorayyy! as always, loving and looking fwd for each Shooting Star episode….forever grateful Jasmine! ;p

  87. Carl Reid

    January 26th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Thanks for the great advice. But quick question, I noticed that you upgraded lights from one of your previous posts. "When is it the right time to upgrade your gear?"

    Carl from T.O.

  88. Jessica Williams

    January 27th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Don’t ever think your annoying! You are so helpful and I’ve learned so many photography tips from you. I’m just thankful I found your blog about a year ago.

  89. Ashley

    January 31st, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I love the intro music and your info is very helpful as always!! =D

  90. Monica Martin

    February 2nd, 2011 at 4:50 am

    As always thank you so much for sharing, you’re amazing.

  91. Chanelle

    October 10th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Hello Jasmine. Thanks so much for this video. I have some Bowens triggers that are very similar. I have a 580 on the camera and a 430 off camera. The 430 triggers fine from the Bowens transmitter but as soon as I turn the 580 flash ON then the 430 stops firing. I have asked on The B School and nobody seems to know. Any ideas?? Much appreciated. Chanelle


    November 29th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Cool, thanks for sharing… πŸ™‚

  93. Amanda Turner

    January 23rd, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I see a lot of bad reviews for using a pocket wizard with a 580EXII (or any 580) Flash. Do you have problems with that?

  94. Tatyana

    February 16th, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    The new Canon flash is supposed to trigger everything wirelessly – do you suggest this over the 580 you use?