What is a Speedlight - Photo Workshops

What is a speedlight vs a flash?

A speedlight (aka speedlite) is a small external flash unit meant to attach to a small camera like a DSLR. You would not refer to a studio flash/strobe system as a speedlight.

Photography terminology

What is a strobe?

The word strobe and flash is used interchangeably among professional photographers. Just that simple, a strobe unit is a flash unit. We say "use a strobe" which means "use a flash". Or "strobe it" which means "add flash to it". Easy

Photography terminology

One last photoshop term explained for your edification.

Leading. Pronounced "led ing" not "leed ing". Leading refers to the space between lines of type. In the early days of printing, printers used type characters made of lead. When they needed more space between lines of type the would add bars of lead to separate the lines. Hence "leading".

Photography terminology

What is sync speed?

Your sync speed refers to the synchronization between your flash and your shutter. If you are shooting shutter speed faster then your sync speed then there is a possibility that you will not capture the flash at all. Check your manual for the maximum sync speed of your camera.