580 speedlite as a backlight?

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  1. natc143

    natc143 TPF Noob!

    Jun 14, 2007
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    Hey everyone,

    I have two AB800 and a 580 speedlite that I'd like to use as a backlight in my studio. I use pocketwizards. Has anyone setup their speedlite to be used as a backlight? If so, how did you connect the speedlite to the backlight stand? If I switch my pocketwizard to the 580, will it trigger my 2 alien bees? I have a pocketwizard on my camera and another on 1 AB800.

    Thanks in advance!

  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2003
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    Hi Natalie,

    This should be fairly easy (emphasis on should) ;)

    To put a flash on a light stand, you can use something like THIS.

    I would attach the PW to the 580. If you don't have the 580 II then you will need an adapter to attach them. You could use a 'PC to hotshoe' adapter like THESE. Or you could get THIS replacement foot for your 580, which has a built in mini-jack port.

    The flash should be in manual mode (which means it won't fire a pre-flash)...and it should then trigger your two AB lights.

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