This is a very basic question, and I have looked through different resources including the Strobist Lighting 101 tutorial and a few books (Scott Kelby, Neil van Niekerk). Some of the limitations I have found in them is that they recommend equipment that are not easily available in India or on the expensive side (the strobist promises minimal expense to get started though). Some also assume a studio like setup, though people have suggested off camera flash for home use too, albeit without many details.
Apart from this, some of them are quite old and some of the newer DSLRs (7D-60D-600D\T3i onwards) seem to support off camera flash without the need for cables. What I have pieced together so far is:
- You need some way for the camera to trigger the flash remotely - either through a wire or wirelessly
- Need for some place to hold the flash (of course)
- Adjusting flash power and exposing correctly through trial & error (unless using TTL which seems to be an expensive proposition?)
I have the Canon 550D (doesn't have built in wireless flash AFAIK) along with a Metz 44 AF-1 flash that supports slave mode operation. What do I need to get started with off camera flash with my current equipment for home use without too many cables if possible?