View Full Version : Slave Flash, hotshoe...?

11-19-2006, 04:07 PM
Could someone explain the difference between having a hotshoe or an external slave flash capability?

12-06-2006, 06:32 PM
After 10 months I don't know if this is much help, but...

A hotshoe is the little bracket on top of your camera and it is where you mount a separate flash. There are one or more electrical contacts (making it "hot") through which you fire the flash when you take a picture. Some cameras have a "dedicated" flash for use on the hotshoe, and it has perhaps 2 or 3 contacts. This is so the camera and flash can coordinate and program the exposure.

A slave flash is one that is separated from you camera (and perhaps on its own tripd or stand), and is triggered by a (normally) smaller flash in the hotshoe or built-in flash in your camera.

12-08-2006, 11:26 AM
SpecialK gave you a good answer. To expand on it, using a slave flash allows you to get the flash off the camera, which in turn let's you control the lighting much better than you can do with just the on-camera flash.